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Novak Djokovic in BNP Paribas Open draw, but ‘it has not been determined if he will participate’

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World No. 2 Novak Djokovic was announced in the draw for the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, despite his status to enter the United States still uncertain due to being unvaccinated.

« Novak Djokovic is on the tournament entry list, and therefore is placed into the draw today, » the California tournament said in a statement on Tuesday. « We are currently in communication with his team; however, it has not been determined if he will participate in the event by getting CDC approval to enter the country. »

It’s the latest setback for Djokovic, the 20-time major champion, in what has become a tumultuous 2022. He was deported from Australia in January after initially receiving a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open and then having his visa revoked by the Australian government. He has since played in just one tournament — a quarterfinal appearance in Dubai — and it remains unclear how many events he will be able to play as a result of his unvaccinated status. He was recently ousted from the No. 1 ranking by Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic told the BBC he would be willing to skip majors in the future if a vaccine was required. « Yes, that is the price that I’m willing to pay, » he said in February.

Djokovic publicly stated his desire to play at the Masters 1000-level event in Indian Wells, California but said in Dubai last month he wasn’t sure if he would be able to enter the country. He has yet to provide a further update.

The men’s main draw gets underway on Thursday and seeded players receive a first-round bye. Djokovic is currently scheduled to play the winner of the opening-round match between Jordan Thompson and David Goffin in a second-round match on Saturday or Sunday.

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