Novak Djokovic handed a glimmer of hope ahead of US Open as CDC update Covid-19 regulations

The US Centre for Disease Control could be inadvertently throwing Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam quest a lifeline after updating its Covid-19 rules.

As it stands, the CDC's rules state that non-US citizens require proof of vaccination to enter the country. With Djokovic remaining firm on his refusal to get vaccinated, the former world number one looks set to miss the tournament.

Just last week, Djokovic's coach Goran Ivanisevic said there was "zero hope" of attending the final Grand Slam of the year in New York.

However, last Thursday, the CDC issued new guidance relaxing rules regarding social distancing and quarantine. Further adjustments are set to be made for travel.

"In the coming weeks, CDC will work to align stand-alone guidance documents, such as those for healthcare settings, congregate settings at higher risk of transmission, and travel, with today's update," added the statement.

With the US Open getting underway on 29 August, the window for Djokovic's pursuit of a 22nd grand slam in 2022 is closing.

Should the indomitable Serb make it to Flushing Meadows, it will be without a warm-up event. But Djokovic has entered Grand Slams in the past without playing beforehand. Most recently, he defended his Wimbledon title with a single grass court event under his belt for the season.

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