Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic likely to miss US Open

BELGRADE: The top Serbian seed Novak Djokovic, who edged past Nick Kyrgios in a four-set victory to claim his seventh overall and fourth consecutive Wimbledon title on Sunday is likely to miss the forthcoming US Open, scheduled next month.

Former top-ranked Tennis player Djokovic, who was deported from Australia in January and could not defend his title following his stance on vaccination status, is likely to miss another grand slam.

As the 35-year-old has profusely refused to get vaccinated a number of times, is unlikely to partake in the forthcoming grand slam as the Wimbledon champion may not be allowed in the country, while is hoping for positive news.

“At the moment I can’t go to the United States, I’m hoping for positive news, but there’s not a lot of time, I don’t know, hope springs eternal,” he told Serbian broadcasters RTS.

“I’d like to play the US Open but if it doesn’t happen it’s not the end of the world, nor the first Grand Slam I have to withdraw from.

“It’s important to me to stay healthy, physically and mentally, so I can still play for a long time and the chances to do so will certainly come,” he added.

It is pertinent to mention here that Djokovic, with his seventh Wimbledon title, has inched closer to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the list of most grand slam titles. The Spaniard tops the list with 22 titles, while the Serb is just one away with 21.

READ: Sri Lanka XI batters frustrate Pakistan, score 278/5 on second day