Novak Djokovic receives French Open green light due to new rule after Australian Open saga

Novak Djokovic will be able to defend his French Open title at this year’s tournament regardless of whether or not he is vaccinated against COVID-19, according to reports. The world No 1 is currently watching the Australian Open from home after he was deported from the country on the eve of the competition in Melbourne earlier this month.

Djokovic was detained shortly upon his arrival in Australia earlier this month before he was released and then detained again due to concerns over his medical exemption to enter the country.

He was eventually forced to return to Serbia after a last-gasp appeal was rejected out of hand, leaving him unable to compete at the first Grand Slam of the new year.

The situation raised plenty of questions over whether Djokovic would face a similar fate at the French Open, which is set to get underway in May.

However, it seems as though the 34-year-old will be allowed to play under new rules that have been approved by the nation’s government.

France’s new vaccination passport can also be attributed to those who have recovered from Covid in the last six months, according to L’Equipe.

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This suggests that Djokovic will experience little difficulty in entering the country after returning a positive test in mid-December.

It is claimed that he will be able to travel to France until at least June if he remains unvaccinated under the new regulations.

Djokovic won the top prize last year, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final after overcoming the challenge of pre-tournament favourite Rafael Nadal in their last four meeting.

He is currently tied with Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 career Grand Slam titles each and has made no secret of his desire to become the sport’s most decorated male player before his eventual retirement.


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