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Djokovic can play in French Open

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 Published: 04:03 PM, 8 January 2022  

Djokovic can play in French Open

Djokovic can play in French Open

Novak Djokovic, the number one tennis star, will be allowed to enter France to play in the French Open, even though he has not been vaccinated. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu hinted at this on the local radio station France Info.

Djokovic, 34, was denied entry to Australia after landing in Melbourne this week to play in the Australian Open.

The world's top ranked tennis player is currently in an immigration detention centre ahead of a court case on Monday.

His case has caused a huge outcry in Australia and made headlines around the world.

Djokovic, who has said he is opposed to vaccination, had been granted a medical exemption to play in the tournament in a decision that infuriated many ordinary Australians.

But the Serbian was dramatically denied entry on landing.

On Wednesday, Australian Border Force (ABF) officials said the player had "failed to provide appropriate evidence" at Melbourne Airport because a prior infection was not a valid reason to enter without a vaccination.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison later confirmed that this was the case under federal rules - despite an exemption provided by the Victorian state government.

However, the French sports minister said Djokovic would not have to face such a situation in France. Djokovic, who has been unable to take corona vaccine for personal reasons, will be allowed to play in the French Open with special privileges.

In this regard, Roxana Maracineanu said, some health protocols have been imposed in the big events organized by the respective federations. And with that in mind, a player like Djokovic will be allowed to enter France.

He added that there are no restrictions on entry into France like in Australia. This applies to players or any citizen of another country.

Roxana Maracineanu added that even if the vaccine is not inoculated, the athlete can take part in any event. Because the event is permitted under the Health Act.

Roxana Maracineanu hopes the issue will be clear to everyone before the start of the French Open in May.