Djokovic Withdraws from Montreal Masters

Djokovic Withdraws from Montreal Masters Photo: TT
Novak Djokovic playing the championship match at Wimbledon against Nick Kyrgios (not pictured). July 10, 2022. Photo Courtesy: AELTC/ Florian Eisele.

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic pulls out from the National Bank Open in Montreal due to his Covid-19 vaccination status, organizers confirmed Thursday.

The National Bank Open presented by Rogers, an ATP Masters 1000 event held in Montreal, Canada, confirmed on Thursday Novak Djokovic’s withdrawal from the tournament, held from August 8 to 14.

The reigning Wimbledon champion is unvaccinated against Covid-19, which makes him ineligible to enter the North American country.

The Government of Canada, like the United States of America, require visitors to have proof of vaccination to enter their respective territories.

In that regard, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. makes clear that non-U.S. citizens, nonimmigrant passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States by air, will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling to the country.

Last July, the World No. 6 played his latest match on Tour at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, where he defeated Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final of the prestigious grass-court Grand Slam, earning his seventh crown at Wimbledon.

Late that month, Djokovic announced he would contest the Laver Cup in September, joining Team Europe, led by Captain Bjorn Borg, alongside tennis icons Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray.

In a post made through his official social media accounts a few days later, he wrote: “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.

I am preparing as if I will be allowed to compete while I await to hear if there is any room for me to travel to U.S. Fingers crossed!

As of today, it seems highly unlikely for the 21-time Grand Slam champion to play at the fourth major of the season, the U.S. Open, set to run from August 29 to September 11.

Earlier this year, the 35-year-old choice not to get vaccinated against coronavirus forced him to sit out of the Australian Open in a controversial episode, which led to a legal battle resulting in the 88-time ATP titlist deportation from the country.

The Miami Open and BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells were among other ATP events the Serbian player could not compete in due to his vaccination status.

He then played in Dubai, Monte Carlo, and Serbia, reaching his first final in 2022.

However, it wasn’t until May that he got his A-game back, winning the Internazionali BNL d’Italia held in Rome, defeating Greece, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

At the French Open, he lost to eventual champion Nadal; a month later, Djokovic would claim his maiden Grand Slam title of the season at The Championships in London.

MONTREAL MASTERS 1000

The event will lack the presence of its fourth-time champion at the IGA Stadium in Montreal, but some of the best players in the world will display their best tennis on the event’s hard courts.

Among them is the World No. 1 and reigning champion Daniil Medvedev, aiming to win his fifth ATP Masters 1000 title.

In addition, a five-time champion, Nadal, is the second seed in a top field.

The Spaniard, who gave Kyrgios a walkover in their semifinal match at Wimbledon due to a torn abdominal muscle, would return to action, setting off his hard-court swing, targeting the U.S. Open.

Eugene Lapierre, Tournament Director of the National Bank Open in Montreal, outlined: “This year, amongst the top seeds, the fans will get to cheer for an exciting crop of young stars, including Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud, and our very own Felix Auger-Aliassime.”

Cecilia demartini
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Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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