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The Serbian Novak Djokovic is once again at the center of the controversy over his decision not to get vaccinated against covid-19. Republican Party Senator Rick Scott revealed through his official Twitter account that the tennis player was denied an exemption to enter the United States and play the Indian Wells and Miami tournaments.
The renowned politician signed a letter addressed to the president of the nation in which they request his intervention in order to allow Djokovic to enter the country. “Joe Biden said that covid-19 is over. It’s time to end the vaccination mandate for international travelers. Senator Marco Rubio and I are urging the administrator to grant Novak Djokovic his permission and let him compete.”he wrote in a tweet where he shared the link of the letter.
Later, in another tweet, Scott criticized Biden for the ban on the tennis player. “It doesn’t make sense for Joe Biden to say that covid-19 is over, but he still prevents Djokovic from competing in the Miami Open due to his false vaccination mandate. We need to pass our FREEBIRD Act with Senator Mike Lee to fix this now.”
The letter shared by the former governor of Florida, in which Rubio also signs, advocates the entry of the tennis player to the United States. “We are writing to urge you to grant the requested waiver, which is necessary to allow Mr. Djokovic to compete in the Miami Open professional tennis tournament to be held in our state of Florida beginning March 19, 2023. ”, reads the message addressed to Biden.
At the 2022 Australia Open, Djokovic was unable to compete due to the non-approval of his visa waiver due to the nation’s harsh policies regarding the covid-19 vaccination passport. For this reason and except for some last minute changes, ‘Nole’ will not be in the Indian Wells Master 1000 that will be played from March 8 to 19; and the one in Miami that runs from April 22 to April 2.
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