Travel Ban on Unvaxed Foreigners Prevents Djokovic From Playing in U.S.

John Simmons | January 4, 2023
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Novak Djokovic has hit another roadblock in his professional tennis career due to his vaccination status.

The Serbian was just allowed to compete in tennis tournaments in Australia again after Down Under altered its vaccination requirements for foreigners wishing to enter the country. But the United States has yet to come back to its senses in this regard and just made an extension to its own policy for unvaccinated foreigners trying to come stateside.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) just announced that the U.S. will not allow unvaccinated travelers into the U.S. until April 10th, which is an extension from the original date on January 8th.

That means Djokovic, who is unvaccinated, will not be able to compete in the Indian Wells or Miami Open, which will begin on March 6 and March 20, respectively. 

To put things in perspective, Djokovic was detained in Australia for several days before the Aussies deported him for not being vaccinated, and it's turned over a new leaf and is being less strict about COVID protocols.

If that is the case, then why is America, a land that prides itself on freedom for its citizens and extending open arms to foreigners, still enforcing useless protocols like this one?

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