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John McEnroe pleads for 'ridiculous' Novak Djokovic exile to end

'These politicians are getting in the way too much. They did it in Australia. Let Novak Djokovic come in and play!'
Novak Djokovic looking dismayed

John McEnroe has pleaded for some sense to prevail that would allow Novak Djokovic to play the US Open this summer.

Djokovic is unvaccinated against Covid-19, so as things stand he would be ineligible to enter the USA for the final major of the season and the accompanying American hardcourt swing.

He has said his vaccination status isn't going to change, and he is willing to accept whatever consequences come with that, but John McEnroe says it's time a solution was found.

"These politicians are getting in the way too much," McEnroe said. "They did it in Australia.

"Let the guy come in and play in the US. I mean come on. This is ridiculous. You can agree to be tested. There’s got to be a way around this."

As things stand, Djokovic will not be allowed to play another Grand Slam match until at least January at the Australian Open, and that is far from certain either.

That may change should the US government have a change of heart on their current border controls, but Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic says they won't be worrying about it.

"There is one movie back home, is a 'Long, Hot Summer'," Ivanisevic said. "This is going to be for me a long, hot summer vacation.

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"I'm going to have vacation from today, I don't know till when. I don't know. Maybe Biden will change his mind.

"Today my holiday started. My vacation, I deserve it. I go back home. It's a nice summer. Beautiful.

"If he goes to States, it's going to be beautiful. If he don't go to States, what can we do? It's another tournaments. We see.

"A lot of crazy things happening in the world. It's come every day something is changing, something new.

"We [will] see what's going to happen. Still we have, what, one and a half months. Anything can happen or not happen."

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