Novak Djokovic forced to withdraw from U.S. Open due to vaccination status

Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) loosening its COVID-19 guidance, 21-time Grand Slam tennis champion Novak Djokovic has been forced to withdraw from the U.S. Open tennis tournament because he won’t be allowed into the country due to his vaccination status.

The CDC’s updated guidance essentially says that individuals should be treated equally, regardless of their vaccination status. After many Americans, including President Joe Biden, spent the past year and a half shaming the unvaccinated, it is likely that the CDC’s move to re-humanize unvaccinated individuals isn’t going over well with the virtue signal warriors.

Djokovic is unvaccinated and has stated in interviews that he strongly believes that people should have the right to choose what goes into their bodies. He has also said that it doesn’t matter how many major or minor tennis tournaments he’s ineligible to participate in.

In early January 2022, Djokovic was deported from Australia after being forced into immigration detention. Instead of being on an Australian Open tennis court, Djokovic had to be in an Australian court, followed by a forced departure from the country in mid-January 2022.

Djokovic played in last year’s U.S. Open tennis tournament.

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