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Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic withdraws from BNP Paribas Open

Serbian star Novak Djokovic won’t be playing in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this month, according to a report from

The 22-time grand slam winner has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, while the US government has decided not to relax its vaccination policy either.

The United States Tennis Association and the US Open were hopeful that Djokovic would feature in the prestigious tournaments in the US this year, and the news will come as a blow to tennis fans.

On Sunday (5 March) a press release from the tournament confirmed that Djokovic will not play in the upcoming Indian Wells Masters for the third consecutive year.

The U.S. government has a strong policy that unvaccinated individuals won’t be allowed to enter the country.

Djokovic previously made it very clear that he would skip tournaments, but won’t take the vaccine.

Thus, unless there’s a sudden change in government policy, it looks like that Djokovic will miss the competition yet again. In fact, he is likely to miss this month’s Miami Open, and doubts remain over his participation in the US Open as well.

Djokovic is arguably one of the greatest ever players to have graced the game, and he will be a big loss for the tournament.

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Saikat Mandal
Saikat Mandal
Founder of Sports Buffer. Master in mass communication from the University of Bedfordshire. Previously worked for Sportslens, HITC, and Breaking Media.

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