US Open gets underway on 29 August in the absence of three-time champion Novak Djokovic but with Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal as the prime contenders for the tile.
New York: Novak Djokovic will not be at the US Open. Just how he wasn’t at the Australian Open earlier in the year. His desire to not get vaccinated against the coronavirus has once again denied him an opportunity to play a major.
It isn’t as dramatic as it was in Melbourne – with airport ground staff, courts, security officials, lawyers, Tennis Australia all at play in some way or another. This time, he kept waiting for US government’s guidelines on foreign travellers to change but they didn’t. So, he’s out.
With the three-time US Open champion not in the fray, it opens things up for others. And as Rafael Nadal says, repeatedly, “The sport in…