If current rules stand, Novak Djokovic would not be eligible to play the French Open in May.
France’s Sports Ministry said today exemptions would not be given to the unvaccinated after a new law was passed Sunday requiring vaccination certificates in certain public places, and that includes sporting venues.
“This will apply to everyone who is a spectator or a professional sportsperson. And this until further notice,” the ministry said.
“As far as Roland Garros is concerned, it’s in May. The situation may change between now and then and we hope it’ll be more favorable. So we’ll see but clearly there’s no exemption.”
Merci au mouvement sportif pour le travail de conviction auprès des derniers rares non vaccinés. Nous travaillerons ensemble à préserver les compétitions et à se faire les ambassadeurs de ces mesures au niveau international 2/2
— Roxana Maracineanu (@RoxaMaracineanu) January 16, 2022
Monte Carlo might follow and there’s a good chance he won’t be allowed into the U.S. for either Indian Wells or Miami. Of course we are still waiting to see if he’ll get the full 3-year ban from Australia!
Djokovic is likely to return in Doha and/or Dubai next month, but after that it’s unclear where he can play if he remains unvaccinated.
Of course the French is a long way away, so a lot can change.
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