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Djokovic thanks fans in emotional message ahead of US Open

  • Novak Djokovic recently sent his fans an emotional message
  • This is as his participation in the US Open remains in Limbo
  • He is hopeful he will make it to New York despite being unvaccinated

Novak Djokovic recently sent his fans an emotional message as his participation in the forthcoming US Open remains in limbo.

The US is not allowing unvaccinated foreigners to enter the country, leaving Djokovic on the mercies of President Joe Biden. The Serbian holds a tough stand in being vaccinated against Covid-19.

He recently took to his Instagram page and expressed how great it feels that his fans are supporting him in such a big way. He says he’s seeing so many messages of support and love from around the world these days.

“I wasn’t expecting it, and that’s why it feels so mind-blowing. Just wanted to say THANK YOU. It feels special that people connect with my tennis career in such a loving and supportive way and wish for me to continue to compete,” he states.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic. Photo/ATP Tour

Along with a video of Djokovic practising, a message was also uploaded, including a Serbian translation for his home country’s supporters. And he went on to say he’s happy that people connect with his tennis career in such a loving and supporting way.

The 35-year-old said he’s excited that his fans are hopeful that he is back in the game in full swing.

“I am preparing as if I will be allowed to complete while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to the US. Fingers crossed,” he added.

Last week, a Serbian caucus in the US wrote an open letter to US President Joe Biden. The group demands that the 21-time Grand Slam champion be allowed into the country to compete.

This in light of the fact that non-vaccinated travelers are currently prohibited from entering the United States. Djokovic still holds his tough stand against COVID-19 vaccination less than five weeks to the tournament.

In recent weeks, the exclusion of Djokovic from the United States has garnered a lot of attention. Several American political heavyweights have spoken out against the exclusion and put pressure on Biden to allow the three-time winner of the US Open to enter the nation.

According to Politika, a letter written by a lawyer and supported by the Serbian-American Voting Alliance (SAVA) has been addressed to the President in an effort to compel him to address the issue.

According to what was written in the letter, the group cites that the United States Open is the largest tennis tournament in the world, and it won’t be what it is without Djokovic.

It adds that considering the economic circumstances and the crisis at all levels, America must not allow the US Open not to take place in its full grandeur and capability. This implies the entrance of Djokovic, who has been declared champion three times at the US Open.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic. Photo/Netral.News

The letter cited item 3(b) “national interest” of the presidential proclamation. The item states that if it is regarded to be in the national interest, certain foreign nationals may be exempt from the restrictions that are currently in place against COVID-19.

In addition, the letter, which was drafted with the assistance of one of SAVA’s attorneys named Borko Komnenovic, makes an effort to demonstrate that Djokovic’s participation in the US Open would be acceptable.

The letter cites that Djokovic poses no security or health threat, which is why he should be allowed to play in the US Open.

“Novak does not pose any security threat, is one of the healthiest people in the world due to his disciplined life and serves as a role model and inspiration to millions worldwide. It is in America’s interest that the biggest tournament in the world hosts the best player in the world, especially since he just won the seventh Wimbledon in London,” reads the letter.

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