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Novak Djokovic Could be Barred from French Open Too

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Novak Djokovic faces the threat of being barred from the French Open after he was expelled from Australia on Saturday. Credit: Carine06-cc2-Wikipedia

Novak Djokovic who was expelled from Australia on Saturday could also be barred from the French Open, the French Health Ministry warned on Monday.

France’s vaccine pass law, approved by Parliament on Sunday, will require people to have a certificate of vaccination to enter public places such as restaurants, cafes, cinemas and long-distance trains.

“The rule is simple. The vaccine pass will be imposed, as soon as the law is promulgated, in establishments that were already subject to the health pass,” the ministry said.

“This will apply to everyone who is a spectator or a professional sportsperson. And this until further notice.

“Now, as far as Roland Garros is concerned, it’s in May. The situation may change between now and then and we hope that it will be more favorable. So we’ll see, but clearly, there’s no exemption.”

Novak Djokovic saga in Australia

The Serbian Djokovic, who was barred from his bid to win a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, has refused to be vaccinated and was criticized for attending public events last month after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Djokovic landed in Melbourne nearly two weeks ago under the impression that he had been granted a medical exemption by Tennis Australia. The exemption allowed him to compete since he is unvaccinated against COVID-19.

Djokovic, who had the coronavirus in December, had his visa revoked on January 6, after arriving in Australia, amid questions over the vaccine exemption that would have permitted him to enter.

Later a judge dramatically overturned the decision and ordered the release of the player from detention.

However, Australia finally canceled Novak Djokovic’s visa for a second time on Friday, just days before the start of the Australian Open on Monday.

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke used his personal powers to cancel Novak Djokovic’s visa.

“In making this decision, I carefully considered information provided to me by the Department of Home Affairs, the Australian Border Force and Mr Djokovic. The Morrison Government is firmly committed to protecting Australia’s borders, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

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