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Djokovic included in Indian Wells draw, but his status is still unclear

Novak Djokovic was entered into the draw for this week’s ATP/WTA Indian Wells tournament on Tuesday but it remains unclear whether he will take part in the tournament, organizers said.

A brief statement from tournament organizers said officials were in contact with Djokovic’s team to determine whether he would play in California or be eligible to enter the United States because he has not been vaccinated against Covid-19.

“Novak Djokovic is on the tournament entry list, and therefore is placed into the draw today,” tournament chiefs said. “We are currently in communication with his team; however, it has not been determined if he will participate in the event by getting CDC approval to enter the country.”

Djokovic is a five-time champion at Indian Wells, where organizers have said proof of full vaccination will be required for spectator entry into the grounds for the tournament in the California desert. Under US government regulations, all non-US citizen travelers entering the United States must be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Djokovic was not allowed to compete in the Australian Open in January after officials said he did not meet requirements for unvaccinated travelers trying to enter the nation.

Djokovic’s visa was eventually canceled by Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke and, after a legal appeal failed, Djokovic was deported from the country.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

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