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Novak Djokovic set to play at US Open as Covid rules change

Novak Djokovic should be able to play at this year’s US Open following the result of a key resolution vote.

The United States Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that will end the national Covid-19 emergency that was declared three years ago by then-President Donald Trump, The Sun reports.

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It now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature and while he has expressed opposition, a White House spokesman confirmed that he will not veto the Republican-led measure.

His administration had previously announced plans to end the Covid declaration in May.

Djokovic, one of the world’s most famous sportsmen, has refused to take any jabs for coronavirus and as a result has been banned from entering the country.

The Serbian, 35, was unable to compete at the 2022 US Open due to his unvaccinated status and also he could not play in this month’s ATP events in Indian Wells and Miami.

However, with the New York Slam taking place in August and September, there is a real prospect he could head to the Big Apple with the Calendar Slam in his sights.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion – who lost just once in 16 matches in 2023 – won the Australian Open in January for a record-extending tenth time.

And the former world No2 will be favourite to win the French Open and Wimbledon titles in the coming months.

Djokovic was last in action in Dubai earlier this month.

He defeated Tomas Machac, Tallon Griekspoor and Hubert Hurkacz on the way to the semi-finals, before being beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Daniil Medvedev.

In Djokovic’s absence at Indian Wells, teenager Carlos Alcaraz reclaimed his world No1 spot.

The Spaniard blitzed through the field before demolishing Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in the final.

– This article first appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission