Djokovic set to miss Indian Wells and Miami Open due to COVID-19 vaccine requirements

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Novak Djokovic is set to miss the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open after the United States extended the requirement for all non-American nationals to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The 21-time grand slam winner was forced to sit out both tournaments last year, as well as other events in America and Canada, due to not being vaccinated.

Whereas many countries are relaxing vaccination requirements, meaning Djokovic is able to compete in this year's Australian Open, US travel authorities are asking for proof of being fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter the country until at least April 10.

That will see Djokovic sit out the prestigious Indian Wells between March 6 and March 19, and the Miami Open between March 20 and April 2.

Djokovic is currently competing in the Adelaide International, where he kicked off his season with a 6-3 6-2 win over Constant Lestienne on Tuesday, ahead of beginning his quest for a 10th Australian Open crown later this month.

The Serbian was deported from Australia this time last year after his visa was revoked due to his unvaccinated status and was initially banned from entering the country for three years, but that was waived in November.