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DeSantis to Biden: Let Djokovic Back into the U.S. Before the Miami Open

“It’s time to put pandemic politics aside and give the American people what they want – let the man play,” DeSantis wrote in a letter to the President on Tuesday.

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — The man they call America’s Governor served up a message with some heat to Joe Biden on Tuesday, calling on the president to permit Novak Djokovic reentry into the U.S. ahead of the Miami Open.

Governor Ron DeSantis penned a two-page letter backhanding Biden’s COVID and immigration policies, while putting the president on the clock. The governor asked Biden to tell him by Friday whether or not Djokovic could legally come to Florida on a boat. The Miami Open is scheduled for March 20.

DeSantis called Djokovic’s prohibition of reentry “unfair, unscientific and unacceptable.”

“It’s time to put pandemic politics aside and give the American people what they want – let the man play,” he wrote.


The governor also pointed out apparent inconsistency in the Biden Administration’s immigration policies, which have “pointedly allowed thousands of unvaccinated migrants to enter our country through the southern border.”

“The only thing keeping Mr. Djokovic from participating in this tournament is your administration’s continued enforcement of a misguided, unscientific and out-of-date COVID-19 vaccination requirement,” the letter stated.


DeSantis went on to underscore the significance of letting the superstar athlete compete in the internationally televised sporting event.

“Affectionately known as ‘Tennis 5th Grand Slam,’ The Miami Open is the second most popular tennis event in the United States and routinely attracts hundreds of thousands of fans as well as premier tennis professionals from around the world,” the governor pointed out. “Novak Djokovic, as you surely know, is the most accomplished tennis player in history and the reigning top-ranked player in his sport.”


The letter concluded by touting Florida’s resistance to vaccine mandates and pointing out that clinical studies have demonstrated that “COVID-19 vaccines are not as effective as originally advertised.”

“The time has come to give up the fiction that COVID vaccines remain a necessary tool to promote public health.”