Djokovic Can Finally Play Tennis In U.S. Again After Biden Ends COVID Vaccine Requirement

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy as he celebrates after beating Australia's Nick Kyrgios to win the final of the men's singles on day fourteen of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, July 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
  • Novak Djokovic, the world’s No. 1 tennis player, will finally be able to compete again in the United States after the Biden White House announced Monday they were ending the requirement that all international travelers must be COVID-vaccinated to enter the U.S.
  • “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,” the White House stated, adding, “Our COVID-19 vaccine requirements bolstered vaccination across the nation, and our broader vaccination campaign has saved millions of lives.”
  • Djokovic, 35, who has been ranked world No. 1 for a record total of 385 weeks and has finished as the year-end No. 1 a record seven times, will now be eligible to compete at the U.S. Open, where he has won three titles, in September. He missed the tournament in 2022 because of the vaccine requirement.