(LifeSiteNews) Serbian Christian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic will not be participating in the upcoming 2022 U.S. Open tennis championship, confirming that his refusal to take a COVID-19 vaccine has barred him from entering the United States.
The player confirmed the outcome of the situation via social media Thursday, thanking his fans and wishing his vaccinated colleagues well in the contest.
Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. ❤️ Good luck to my fellow players! I’ll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. 💪🏼 See you soon tennis world! 👋🏼
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 25, 2022
The 35-year-old Djokovic refuses to take the abortion-tainted shots “based on all the information that I got,” citing the “principle of understanding what is right and what is wrong for you,” for which he says he is willing to put his career on hold.
As a result, he has been barred from tennis competitions in Canada, Australia, and most recently America, despite the support of House Republican lawmakers who toldthe Biden administration he was a “perfect ambassador” who “has lived life by all metrics with extraordinary diligence and excellence”; and the expert opinion of Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.
Nevertheless, the federal government continues to enforce a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for foreign visitors to the United States. The U.S. Tennis Association says it does not have its own vaccine mandate for participation, but says it complies with all relevant government rules.
Djokovic is one of millions of people around the world who continue to harbor concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the COVID shots, which were developed far more quickly than traditional vaccines under former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed initiative and have failed to stop the spread of the virus.
This March, it was found that 11,289 cases of pericarditis/myocarditis after COVID vaccination were reported to the U.S. government’s federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) between January 1 and February 25 of this year, which was already 47% of the 24,177 reports for the same submitted in all of 2021. An April study out of Israel indicates that COVID infection alone cannot account for such cases, despite claims to the contrary.