New vaccine rules could allow Djokovic to play at Roland-Garros

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after losing a point to Czech Jiri Vesely during a quarter-final match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi )

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after losing a point to Czech Jiri Vesely during a quarter-final match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi )

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France are relaxing their vaccination rules later this month which could pave the way for Novak Djokovic to compete at this year’s French Open.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday that people will no longer have to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to access places such as sports stadiums and restaurants from March 14. This means that Djokovic, who is not vaccinated, could be allowed to compete at Roland Garros in May unless restrictions are tightened again.

“The situation is improving thanks to our collective efforts,” Castex said. “The conditions are met for a new phase of relaxation of measures. From Monday March 14, we will suspend the application of the vaccination card wherever it applies.

Djokovic was kicked out of Australia in January after a legal battle over whether he should be allowed to enter the country, causing him to miss the Australian Open. He told the BBC last month he was also ready to miss future Grand Slams if they forced him to get vaccinated.

Djokovic has won the French Open twice and has a total of 20 major titles, one shy of the record held by Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard won the Australian Open.

The new French rules could also allow Djokovic to take part in the Monte Carlo Masters clay-court tournament in April.

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