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Novak Djokovic says playing the US Open is 'not looking realistically possible' for him

Novak Djokovic has been speaking about his chances of playing the US Open - and he does not see an exemption as 'realistically possible.'
Novak Djokovic at US Open

Novak Djokovic says he does not think receiving an exemption to play the US Open this year is 'realistically possible,' but he would 'love' to play if he can.

Djokovic reminded us all, if any of us needed it, just how good he is by winning Wimbledon last week to claim his 21st major.

As things stand, Djokovic may not be able to play another Grand Slam match until next year's French Open due to his decision not to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

He believes things could change regarding his Australian Open exile, although he is not expecting the US Open to be a possibility for him later this year.

"Yeah, I mean, I'm not vaccinated and I'm not planning to get vaccinated so the only good news I can have is them removing the mandated green vaccine card or whatever you call it to enter United States or exemption," Djokovic said.

"I don't know. I don't think exemption is realistically possible. If that is possibility, I don't know what exemption would be about. I don't know. I don't have much answers there.

"I think it's just whether or not they remove this in time for me to get to USA."

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Regardless of his plans for the rest of the year, Novak Djokovic says rest and recovery is his immediate priority after an incredibly eventful year so far.

"Whether or not I'm playing any tournament soon, I'll definitely be resting for the next couple weeks because it has been quite an exhausting and demanding period for me the last few months," he explained.

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"A lot of tennis, which I was very happy about. I got what I wanted here.

"Then I'll wait hopefully for some good news from USA because I would really love to go there. That would be probably the next big tournament, the next big swing, playing a tournament or two before US Open and (playing in) US Open.

"If that doesn't happen, then I have to see what the schedule will look like. To be honest, I doubt that I'll go and chase points."

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