Novak Djokovic: Ron DeSantis would 'run a boat from the Bahamas' to allow world No. 1 into the US to play at Miami Open

    Djokovic, who is unvaccinated against Covid-19, said last month that he had hoped for a "positive result" on being able to receive special permission to play tournaments in the US.

    (CNN)Time might have run out for Novak Djokovic to be admitted US entry to play at Indian Wells, but US politicians -- notably Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis -- are lobbying for regulations to change and allow the world No. 1 into the country in time for the Miami Open.

    The US still requires international visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and the Serbian, who has previously said he remains unvaccinated, confirmed he had applied for special permission to enter the country ahead of both tournaments.
    However, Indian Wells organizers announced on Sunday that Djokovic had withdrawn from the tournament, where main draw play began Wednesday.
      DeSantis said he would "run a boat from the Bahamas" for Djokovic to compete in the Miami Open tennis tournament later this month.
        "I would run a boat from the Bahamas here for him. I would do that a hundred percent," DeSantis said at a press conference in Tampa Wednesday.
        "I think his people are looking at it, and I'm not sure that's the way they want to come into the country, which I understand. I think it'd be a great moment, but you know, nevertheless."