Tennis ace Novak Djokovic may get a chance to play French Open owing to the easing of Covid-19 vaccination rules in the European country.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC CREATED QUITE A RUCKUS IN AUSTRALIA
Australian Open 2022 was marred by controversy when Novak Djokovic, one of the giants of modern-day tennis, was not allowed to enter the nation and participate in the Grand Slam event. The unvaccinated Serbian, the winner of the 2021 Men’s singles competition at the event, was detained. The situation attracted international attention was Australian minister Alex Hawke exercised his ministerial power to revoke Djokovic’s visa.
FRANCE HAS EASED ITS COVID-19 RELATED RESTRICTIONS
Prime Minister Jean Castex has already announced that people will not have to show Vaccination proof while trying to enter public venues such as restaurants and stadiums. This reduction in restrictions will be active from 14th March, 2022.
“The situation is improving thanks to our collective efforts. The conditions are met for a new phase of easing of measures. From Monday March 14, we will suspend the application of the vaccination pass wherever it applies,” the French Prime Minister announced.
This provides Djokovic a chance to participate in French Open in May and Monte Carlo Masters in April, Grand Slam and ATP Tour Masters 1000 level tournaments respectively. Of course, restrictions are subject to change in Covid-19 activity, but current situations suggest the Serbian will be able to play the clay-court tournaments.
JUST IN – France will "suspend" mandatory masks and vaccination passports "in most places" on March 14, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on TF1.
The French presidential election will begin on April 10.
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DJOKER HAS SUCCEEDED IN FRENCH OPEN BEFORE
While French Open is unquestionably associated with Rafael Nadal, the man who has exerted astounding domination on the clay court, Djokovic has had his own share of success at the Roland Garros. He has won the Men’s Singles competition twice. In 2016, he lost the first set 3-6 to Andy Murray but regained confidence to win the event.
In 2021, he defeated Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas through a spirited performance. After losing the first two sets to a player appearing in his maiden major final, he clinched the trophy by outperforming his opponent in three consecutive sets.
The reigning champion would definitely like to earn consecutive men’s single victories at the event, a feat only achieved by two players in the 21st century: Gustavo Kuerten, who won in 2001 and 2002, and Rafael Nadal.