Novak Djokovic WILL be able to play at the French Open in May – and at the Monte-Carlo Masters in April – with France set to suspend vaccination passes after fall in Covid cases
- Novak Djokovic is the only player in men’s top 100 not to be vaccinated
- He was unable to play at the Australian Open after being denied a visa
- France announced in January that all athletes would need to be vaccinated
- Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced restrictions will end on March 14
- Djokovic is defending champion of the French Open, which runs May 22-June 5
Novak Djokovic’s hopes of playing at the French Open have been given a major boost with the news France is suspending its vaccination pass this month.
The French sports minister announced in January that all athletes would need to be vaccinated in order to compete on French soil, throwing Djokovic’s defence of his Roland Garros title into severe doubt.
But, with the latest wave of the Covid-19 pandemic now subsiding, Prime Minister Jean Castex revealed the current restrictions will end on March 14.
Djokovic, the only player in the men’s top 100 not be vaccinated against Covid, was unable to defend his Australian Open title earlier this year after a protracted row over his visa which saw him detained in an immigration hotel for 11 days in Melbourne before being sent home.
Having initially been granted an exemption to play despite not being vaccinated, Djokovic saw his visa offer withdrawn over inaccuracies on his documents.
Novak Djokovic was beaten by Jiri Vesely in Dubai last week after making his return to tennis
The news also means Djokovic can play in the Monte-Carlo Masters beginning on April 10, which could well be his next tournament.
Castex said: ‘The situation is improving thanks to our collective efforts. The conditions are met for a new phase of easing of measures. From Monday March 14, we will suspend the application of the vaccination pass wherever it applies.’
The Serbian, who was overtaken as world No 1 by Daniil Medvedev this week, played his first tournament of the year in Dubai last week but is currently unable to enter the US for the big ATP events in Indian Wells and Miami this month.
Djokovic was sent home from Australia after being held in a Melbourne hotel for 11 days
It was revealed this week, meanwhile, that he split from his long-time coach Marian Vajda at the end of last season.
There is, of course, the potential for more changes before the French Open, which begins on May 22.
Djokovic won his second title on the Parisian clay last year after beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
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