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  • Updated: March 22, 2023

Djokovic Says "No Regret" Over Vaccine Status Impact on World No. 1 Spot

Djokovic Says No Regret Over Vaccine Status Impact on World

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has stated that he has "no regrets" over missing tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami due to his unvaccinated status against COVID-19.

The Serbian player was denied entry to the US due to his vaccination status, and Carlos Alcaraz took the opportunity to leapfrog him back into the world number one spot by winning the Indian Wells title on Sunday.

In an interview with CNN, Djokovic said, "I have no regrets. I've learned through life that regrets only hold you back and basically make you live in the past.

"He went on to say, "I don't want to do that. I also don't want to live too much in the future. I want to be as much as in the present moment but of course, think about the future, create a better future."

The world number two also expressed disappointment at not being able to compete in the US where he has had great success in the past, saying "It's the current state or current situation that I hope will change for later this year, for the US Open. That's the most important tournament for me on American soil."

Djokovic had applied for special permission to compete in Indian Wells and Miami but was unsuccessful. Despite this setback, he stated that his enthusiasm for the sport has not diminished, saying "Actually, the contrary, I'm as enthusiastic as ever, as motivated as ever for the sport, my family, my foundation, all the projects and everything I'm doing off the court."

The 35-year-old also emphasized the importance of staying true to his beliefs and rights, stating "The dignity, and integrity, and staying true to myself, and my beliefs and my rights are above everything."

It remains to be seen whether Djokovic will be able to compete in the US Open Grand Slam later this year, with the current ban on unvaccinated foreigners set to be lifted once the government ends its Covid emergency declarations in May.

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