Novak Djokovic set to defend title after vaccine requirements eased


The way seems clear for world number 2 Novak Djokovic to defend his French Open title, after the French government announced it would relax its vaccination requirements this month.

As of March 14, visitors will no longer be required to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter covered establishments.

The New York Times quotes a tournament spokesperson as saying Roland Garros will follow all applicable government regulations when the second Grand Slam of the year kicks off on May 22.

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Djokovic was kicked out of Melbourne on the eve of the Australian Open, after Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the Serb’s anti-vaccination stance risked causing civil unrest.

Last month, Djokovic told the BBC he was not an anti-vaxxer, but would not get vaccinated.

“I’ve always supported the freedom to choose what you put in your body,” he said.

“The principles of decision-making on my body are more important than any title or anything else.”

Djokovic is also likely to be free to play at Wimbledon midway through the year, with Britain already easing their entry requirements.

However, he is still prevented from traveling to the United States, which means he will miss tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, which both bring big ranking points, and unless the situation changes before August , he will not be able to play in the United States. Open either.

“As of today, no. I can’t go – I can’t enter the United States,” he said recently.

“As of today, I can’t play. But let’s see what happens. I mean, maybe things will change in the next few weeks.”

Earlier this week it was confirmed that Djokovic had parted ways with longtime coach Marian Vajda, who has been by his side for his 20 Grand Slam titles.

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