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U.S. to End Vaccine Requirement May 11th, So Djokovic can Play at US Open

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Novak Djokovic will be able to play the US Open this year. The White House issued a briefing stating that it will end the vaccine requirement for international travelers.

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USA remove vaccine requirement from this month

The U.S. Government announced Monday that they will end the vaccine requirement for all sectors. That will include International travelers. This is good news for Novak Djokovic and means he will be allowed to enter America and take part in the final Grand Slam of the year. Djokovic missed last year’s event due to the entry requirements needing to be vaccinated, which the Serbian isn’t.

The current World #1 has had trouble entering countries with strict vaccination requirements. Getting deported from Australia for not being vaccinated created worldwide interest and protests. However, the Serbian accepted his fate and was hopeful of being allowed to return, which he did this year.

Being the World #1 and not being allowed to play caused consternation, and the Serbian had been hoping the US would relax their rules which would allow him to play the event. Djokovic will be able to play the build up events. The restrictions are being lifted from May 11th.

The announcement from the White House stated:

Today, we are announcing that the Administration will end the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for Federal employees, Federal contractors, and international air travelers at the end of the day on May 11, the same day that the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. Additionally, HHS and DHS announced today that they will start the process to end their vaccination requirements for Head Start educators, CMS-certified healthcare facilities, and certain noncitizens at the land border. In the coming days, further details related to ending these requirements will be provided.

Good News for Djokovic and his American fans. Good news for tennis that the restrictions are being lifted to allow players to attend and play the events.

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