Djokovic was denied entry into the United States over his vaccination status.
Daniil Medvedev says he is disappointed Novak Djokovic is not competing at this year’s US Open as he feels the Serb would have definitely been a top favorite for the title. Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, pulled out of the US Open after being denied entry into the United States because of his vaccine status.
Djokovic is now missing out on his second Grand Slam in 2022 as he was also denied participation at the Australian Open. Djokovic played two Grand Slams this season and made it all the way at Wimbledon. “I mean, I wish he would play here.
We saw it in Wimbledon. He didn’t play many tournaments this year. He came there, he won,” Medvedev said, via Eurosport.
Medvedev regrets Djokovic is not competing at the US Open
With Djokovic out, Rafael Nadal has a chance to win a record 23rd Grand Slam and again go up by two Grand Slams ahead of the Serb.
“The rivalry against Rafa is really I feel like heating up in a way. 22, 21, a joke of a number. It’s a pity he’s not here. It would be a great story I think for tennis,” Medvedev noted. Djokovic was hoping until the last moment that the CDC would change their policy and allow him to enter the United States.
“It’s American government rule. Completely understandable also,” Medvedev added. Meanwhile, Medvedev is preparing to kick off his US Open title defence. After losing the 2019 US Open final to Nadal, Medvedev won his first Grand Slam after beating Djokovic in last year’s US Open final.
“When I look back at US Open nights, every night starting 2019 where I got booed for a reason, it was not like there was no reason.
All these moments, and especially the final against Rafa, give me goose bumps because it was something special when I’m never going to forget, my team will never forget,” Medvedev said. Medvedev plays Stefan Kozlov in the US Open first round.