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COVID-19 At Wimbledon: 3 Top-20 Men Out After Positive Tests

Italy's Matteo Berrettini wears a mask at the end of the third set during the men's singles quarterfinals match against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. At Wimbledon, where the All England Club is following British government COVID guidance that requires neither shots nor testing, three of the top 20 seeded men have withdrawn over the first four days of action because they got COVID-19, with No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut pulling out Thursday, June 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)
Italy's Matteo Berrettini wears a mask at the end of the third set during the men's singles quarterfinals match against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. At Wimbledon, where the All England Club is following British government COVID guidance that requires neither shots nor testing, three of the top 20 seeded men have withdrawn over the first four days of action because they got COVID-19, with No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut pulling out Thursday, June 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)
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Wimbledon, England (AP) -- Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic famously decided not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — which prevented him from playing at the Australian Open in January following a legal saga that ended with his deportation from that country, and, as things currently stand, will prevent him from entering the United States to compete at the U.S. Open in August.

More than two years after the pandemic began, coronavirus cases are on the rise around the world lately, due mostly to certain variants, and the health — and vaccination status — of individual athletes is once again a key issue. At Wimbledon, where the All England Club is following British government guidance that requires neither shots nor testing, three of the top 20 seeded men have withdrawn over the first four days of action because they got COVID-19, with No. 17 Roberto Bautista Agut pulling out Thursday.