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Tennis star, Novak Djokovic insists he has ‘no regrets’ over his continued refusal to get a Covid shot

Novak Djokovic said he had no regrets missing tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami due to his Covid-19 vaccination status, but hoped he would be allowed to enter the United States later this year for the US Open.

The United States currently bars unvaccinated foreigners from entering the country, although the policy is expected to be lifted when the government ends its Covid emergency declarations in May.

Djokovic, 35, unsuccessfully applied to the US government for special permission to play in Indian Wells and Miami.

Carlos Alcaraz took the Serb back to the top spot in the world rankings after winning the title from Indian Wells on Sunday.

“I have no regrets,” Djokovic told CNN. “I’ve learned through life that regrets only hold you back and make you live in the past.

‘I don’t want to do this. I also don’t want to live too much in the future. I want to be as much as in the present moment but of course think about the future, create a better future.

“I therefore congratulate Alcaraz. He absolutely deserves to return to No.1.’

Djokovic said it’s a shame he wasn’t allowed to compete in the United States, where he has had many successes, including three of his 22 major titles.

“But at the same time, it was the conscious decision I made and I knew there was always a possibility that I wouldn’t go,” Djokovic said.

“It’s the current state or the current situation that I hope will change later this year, for the US Open. This is the most important tournament for me on American soil.

The Serb says the controversy hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for the sport.

“In fact, on the contrary, I am more enthusiastic than ever, as motivated as ever for the sport, my family, my foundation, all the projects and everything I do off the pitch,” he said.

“Dignity and integrity, and staying true to myself, and my beliefs and rights are above all else.”

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