Novak Djokovic all set to defend French Open title
Roland Garros organizers have confirmed that Novak Djokovic will be allowed to defend his title as the tournament prepares to stage what is expected to be the first Grand Slam without any health limitations since the lockdowns began two years ago.
From the beginning of May 2022, France lifted restrictions in almost all public spaces except hospitals, nursing homes and public transport, meaning the French Open should witness spectators at full capacity.
Russian tennis players, of the likes of Daniil Medvedev, will also be permitted to play at the Roland Garros but as neutral athletes because of the war started by their country in neighbouring Ukraine.
Novak Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January 2022 after being expelled from the country. He had at first been admitted to the competition despite not being vaccinated. He told the BBC last month that he was prepared to skip upcoming Grand Slam competitions as well if they required him to get vaccinated.
Djokovic, was also unable to play at the Indian Wells and Miami ATP 1000 tournaments since he was unable to enter the United States without proof of vaccination.
While that is not necessary to enter Paris, French tennis federation president Gilles Moretton cautioned that things could change before the contest starts May 22.
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