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“For me, it is all nonsense and bull****. If you are vaccinated but (test) positive you can enter the United States. If you are not vaccinated but negative, you are banned. There is too much politics in sports.”

Djokovic is now just one Grand Slam behind Rafael Nadal after claiming his 21st title earlier this summer by winning Wimbledon. However, both players are in danger of being absent from the next slam at Flushing Meadows with Nadal also pulling out of the Montreal Open due to injury.

In a statement made on Friday, Nadal said: “From the days on holiday and my subsequent return to training, everything has gone well these past weeks. Four days ago, I also started training on my serve and yesterday, after training, I had a little discomfort that was still there today. We have decided not to travel to Montreal and continue with the training sessions without forcing ourselves. I sincerely thank the tournament director, Eugene, and his entire team for the understanding and support they have always shown me, and today has been no exception.

“I hope to play again in Montreal, a tournament that I love and that I have won five times in front of an audience that has always welcomed me with great affection. [However,] I have no choice but to be prudent at this point and think about health.”