Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is making a late bid to try to get Novak Djokovic into the U.S. in time to play the Miami Masters.
Because he is unvaccinated, Djokovic cannot enter the U.S. by air, however DeSantis is trying to get him in via boat!
DeSantis, who is considered to be the frontrunner to become the next president should he run, wrote to President Biden requesting Djokovic be allowed to enter the U.S. and compete in Miami.
“The only thing keeping Novak Djokovic from participating in the Miami Open tennis tournament is President Biden’s misguided and unscientific COVID-19 vaccination requirement for foreigner travelers.
“Mr. President – lift your restrictions and let him compete,” DeSantis posted on twitter.
The only thing keeping Novak Djokovic from participating in the Miami Open tennis tournament is President Biden’s misguided and unscientific COVID-19 vaccination requirement for foreigner travelers.
Mr. President – lift your restrictions and let him compete. pic.twitter.com/fFyhNoUV4S
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 7, 2023
DeSantis wrote in his letter:
“It has been reported that Novak Djokovic has formally applied and been denied permission from your administration to enter the United States so that he may compete at the upcoming Miami Open tennis tournament. This denial is unfair, unscientific and unacceptable. It’s time to put pandemic politics aside and give the American people what they want – let him play.
“I note that since the onset of COVID-19, Mr. Djokovic has visited the United States twice — including once during your presidency — without any apparent health incident.
“It is also not clear to me why, even by the terms of your own proclamation, Mr. Djokovic could not legally enter this country via boat. Please confirm no later than Friday, March 10, 2023 that this method of travel into Florida would be permissible.
“Mr. Djokovic is an extraordinary tennis player who should have every right to compete in this year’s Miami Open, which will commence on March 20. I respectfully ask you to grant his requested exemption so that he may delight and inspire tennis fans in Florida and around the Nation.
So Djokovic could fly to the Bahamas and hop on a boat? Sounds plausible, but will the White House allow it and if they do would Djokovic come?
The problem for Biden/White House is if they let Djokovic in then they must let everyone else as well. The travel policy as a whole will likely ease in the coming months, perhaps as soon as May 11. But for now, it’s unlikely that the Serb will be able to play Miami.
The World No. 1 has already withdrawn from Indian Wells and hasn’t played in the U.S. since his 2021 US Open loss to Daniil Medvedev.
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March 8th, 2023 at 11:47 am