French Open: Novak Djokovic may miss the slam due to new virus rules

The new rules may not allow the world number one to be part of the French Open this year.

France is making sure to strengthen its vaccination rules which might put Novak Djokovic’s chances of participating in the French Open at risk.

From February 15th anyone who has not taken the vaccination shot will need to provide proof they have been in contact with the COVID-19 virus within the previous four months which was earlier a six-month period to enter any sports arena in France.


The law is being altered to tackle the virus situation in the country and make sure that unvaccinated people stay away from public gathering places like restaurants, bars, stadiums, and other public places.

Djokovic who has not taken the vaccination shot had tested positive for the COVID-19 in mid-December. If the current rules of a six-month window are in place then he is eligible to play the Roland Garros which is in May but if the new rules are amended then the Serbian is likely to be ruled out of the French Open this year unless he takes the vaccine or tests positive for the COVID-19 again within 4 months of the start of the Roland Garros Grand Slam.

World number one was deported from Australia and was not allowed to participate in the Australian Open for not meeting the rules which were applicable for people who visit the country.

The organizers of Roland Garros have said previously it is too early to make a decision since the virus rules and restrictions can change between now and May.