Djokovic on Entry List for Indian Wells Tournament

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Prime-ranked Novak Djokovic is on the entry record for the BNP Paribas Open in California, the place the Serb would face a vaccine mandate.

Djokovic, who was unvaccinated towards COVID-19 as of final month, was detained and ultimately deported from Australia for failing to fulfill that nation’s strict vaccination necessities. It prevented him from defending his Australian Open title final month.

To enter Australia, Djokovic submitted a constructive check issued in Serbia on Dec. 16 for a visa exemption on the grounds that he had lately recovered from the virus. However the Australian authorities canceled his visa and deported him.

Neither the ATP nor WTA excursions require gamers to be vaccinated towards COVID-19. Nonetheless, non-U.S. residents should be absolutely vaccinated to journey to the U.S. by airplane, based on the CDC. Vacationers are required to indicate a damaging COVID-19 check end result or documentation of restoration from COVID-19 when touring to the U.S. by air. Restricted exceptions apply.

Djokovic is a five-time champion at Indian Wells, the place he hasn’t performed since 2019. He hasn’t performed a match since November on the Davis Cup in Madrid.

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Djokovic is scheduled to play a event in Dubai later this month.

Followers attending Indian Wells from March 7-20 are required to indicate legitimate proof of full vaccination.

Australian Open winners Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty head the record of entries launched Wednesday.

Three-time winner Nadal returns to the desert for the primary time since 2019. He missed final yr’s occasion that was moved to October due to a foot harm. He gained his record-breaking twenty first Grand Slam title in Australia.

Becoming a member of Nadal within the males’s draw are Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev, No. 3 Alexander Zverev, No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, and defending champion Cameron Norrie.

Prime-ranked Barty already has two titles this yr.

She’s joined within the girls’s draw by defending champion Paula Badosa, No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, 2021 French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova, No. 4 Karolina Pliskova and Australian Open finalist Danielle Collins. Youngsters Leylah Fernandez, Emma Raducanu and Coco Gauff return for his or her second appearances within the desert.

The remaining spots within the draw might be crammed by winners of the qualifying and wild-card recipients.

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