Novak Djokovic insists he has no regrets missing out on the US Open and the chance to add to his tally of 21 Grand Slam titles.
The three-time Flushing Meadows champion was barred from competing last month due to his decision not to get a Covid-19 shot.
The title was won by teenage Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Casper Ruud in the final as Djokovic watched from home.
Still, the 35-year-old Serb said: “No, I have no regrets. I mean, I’m sad that I couldn’t play, but that’s the decision I made. I knew what the consequences would be, so I accepted them. That’s it.
“I mean, I congratulate Alcaraz for winning the US Open. He did it in an incredible way, in three or four five-set matches in the tournament. He’s 19 and already number one in the world.
Djokovic also missed the 2022 Australian Open after an endless saga, and he has yet to find out if the rules will be relaxed so he can compete in Melbourne next year.
“I’m waiting for the news,” he added. “It’s really not in my hands right now. Hopefully I can get some positive news soon.