Novak Djokovic likely to take part in French Open after France eases COVID-19 restrictions
Novak Djokovic now looks likely to take part in the French Open after France eased COVID-19 restrictions.
- Jean Castex announced that vaccine passports would no longer be necessary in France from March 14
- Djokovic is the defending champion of the French Open which starts on March 22
- The former world number one says he’d rather skip Grand Slams than get a COVID-19 shot
Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that vaccine passports will no longer be required from March 14.
The French Open, where the unvaccinated Djokovic is the defending champion, begins on May 22.
Djokovic, 34, was kicked out of Australia due to his vaccination status just before the start of the Australian Open in January.
The Serbian star later said he was ready to skip future Grand Slam events rather than get a COVID-19 shot.
With France now rolling back its protocols, Djokovic could head to Roland Garros in search of a record 21st Grand Slam title.
Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his 21st at the Australian Open.
Djokovic slipped to second place in the world rankings released on Monday after a shock loss to qualifier Jiri Vesely in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Russian Daniil Medvedev is now the number one men’s player.