Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are on the list of US Open participants released Wednesday, although the Serbian will not be allowed to enter the United States if she is not vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The 40-year-old Williams, who won her first six US Open titles in 1999, has won 23 Grand Slams in her career. With 24 pieces, the record is held by Australian Margaret Court. Williams won her last Grand Slam in 2017 when she was outstanding at the Australian Open.
The former world No. 1 celebrated her comeback at Wimbledon last month after Williams was sidelined for a year due to injury. He lost to French Harmony Dan in the first round.
Novak Djokovic won his 21st Grand Slam title on London Grass. He is also in the entry list for the US Open starting on August 29. He has already won the US Grand Slam three times.
Access is denied
However, Djokovic refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, which would have resulted in him being banned from entering the United States.
“According to Grand Slam rules, all players eligible 42 days prior to the first Monday of the tournament are automatically added to the men’s and women’s entry lists,” the US Tennis Association said in a press release. “The US Open does not have a vaccination policy for players, but respects the US government’s stance on non-vaccinated non-US citizens accessing the US.”
At the US Open, world No. 1 Russian and defending champion Daniil Medvedev returns. Like many other Russian players, he was unable to play at Wimbledon this year due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russians will be allowed to play in New York, but not under their flag.
Great Britain’s Emma Raduganu and Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who won the US Open in 2018 and 2020, are on the entry list.