Novak Djokovic has today revealed he has ‘no regrets’ after missing the US Open.
The Serbian was banned from playing the competition after he refused to get the Covid-19 vaccination. He also missed the Australian Open in January this year for the same reason, as reported by Marca.
“No, I don’t have any regrets. I mean, I do feel sad that I wasn’t able to play but that was a decision that I made and I knew what the consequences would be”, he said.
Djokovic was full of praise for Carlos Alcaraz who won his first Grand Slam after being crowned champion of the US Open this month.
“I congratulate Alcaraz for winning the US Open. He did it in an incredible fashion, in three or four five-set matches in the tournament and he’s 19 years old and already number one in the world. It’s quite amazing what he has achieved so far. I think he’s a great addition to our sport, a great star in making.”
Djokovic is now waiting to hear if he’ll be allowed to play the Australian Open in January, which is the next major tournament in the tennis calendar.
“I’m waiting for the news. So, it’s really not in my hands right now. So, I’m hoping I can get some positive news soon”, he explained.
The 21-time Grand Slam winner is one of the world’s biggest sport stars who continues to refuse to get the vaccine, but as restrictions become less and less severe, it looks more than likely that he’ll be able to participate in upcoming tournaments.