Top-seeded tennis player Novak Djokovic can be forced to not appear for the Roland Garros tournament that is scheduled for May. The government of France stated that players should have to be vaccinated to be able to participate in sporting events in France.
On the other hand, the French sports minister, Roxana Maracineanu declared that there will be no exemption from France’s COVID-19 pass. “The vaccination pass has been adopted. As soon as the law is promulgated, it will become mandatory to enter public buildings already subject to the health pass (stadium, theatre or lounge) for all spectators, practitioners, French or foreign professionals,” tweeted sports minister.
Le pass vaccinal a été adopté. Dès que la loi sera promulguée, il deviendra obligatoire pour entrer dans les ERP déjà soumis au pass sanitaire (stade, théâtre ou salon) pour l’ensemble des spectateurs, des pratiquants, des professionnels français ou étrangers 1/2
— Roxana Maracineanu (@RoxaMaracineanu) January 16, 2022
After losing his bid for playing at the Australian Open while his visa was cancelled twice, Djokovic arrived back in his country on Monday where he was welcomed by his fans. There are chances that the Serb can be prohibited from re-apply for a visa for three years. Does that mean he won’t be able to defend the Australian Open title until then? According to the Tennis World report, the home affairs minister Karen Andrews has stated that nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic is banned from entering the hosting country for three years.
World Number One was contesting to claim bid 21st Grand Slam title to become the player with most in men’s singles history but banning him will take all the opportunities from the player to do so. If the player is not allowed to participate in the other Grand Slams, it will affect his World No. 1 ranking as well.