Novak Djokovic’s hopes of playing at the French Open have been significantly boosted by the news that France is suspending its vaccination record this month.
The French sports minister announced in January that all athletes would need to be vaccinated to compete on French soil, leaving Djokovic’s defense of his Roland Garros title in serious doubt.
However, with the recent wave of the Covid-19 pandemic now fading, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the current restrictions will end on March 14.
He said: “Thanks to our joint efforts, the situation is improving. The conditions for a new phase of easing the measures have been met.
The news also means that Djokovic, who is the only man in the top 100 to remain unvaccinated, can play at the Monte-Carlo Masters from April 10, which could well be his next tournament.
The Serb, who was overtaken as world number one by Daniil Medvedev this week, played his first tournament of the year in Dubai last week but is currently unable to travel to the United States for the big ATP events in Indian Wells and Miami this month .
It was announced this week that he parted ways with his longtime coach Marian Vajda at the end of last season.
Of course, ahead of the French Open, which begins on May 22nd, there is potential for more changes.
Djokovic won his second title on the Parisian clay last year after beating Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
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