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The French Open could be off-limits to Djokovic

Djoković u trećem kolu Otvorenog prvenstva Austalije

Novak Djokovic might be disqualified from competing in the French Open after the Sports Ministry announced on Monday that the new vaccination pass regulation in France will not be waived.

Djokovic, the world number one, was deported from Australia on Sunday, just days before the first Grand Slam event of the year, after failing a court battle to get his visa revocation reinstated.

People will need a vaccination certificate to enter public facilities such as restaurants, cafés, theatres, and long-distance trains, according to France's vaccine pass bill, which was adopted by Parliament on Sunday.

"The law is straightforward. "As soon as the legislation is passed, the vaccination pass will be applied in businesses that were previously subjected to the health pass," the ministry stated.

"Roland-Garros is now in May, as far as I'm concerned." Between now and then, the situation might alter, and we hope for the better. So we'll see what happens, but clearly, there isn't an exception."

17 Jan 2022


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