Novak Djokovic had to take a flight home after a long tussle with the Australian government. The World number one was deported from Australia after he lost his court case. All this drama around Novak Djokovic has not fared well for the Serbian and he may have landed himself in more trouble with his actions. Djokovic lied about his vaccination status and had to face the consequences. And now after failing to defend his Australian Open title, the Serbian Tennis star may be barred from playing in the French Open as well.
France has imposed a new vaccine pass law that requires an individual to have a certificate of vaccination to enter public places such as restaurants, cafes, cinemas, and long-distance trains. The country's Sports Minister has made it clear that there will be no exemption for anyone. "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," France's Sports Ministry said, Sydney Morning Herald reported quoting Reuters.
"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 favourable. So we'll see, but clearly, there's no exemption," it added.
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This means that if the vaccine pass law is in place when the French Open takes place, anyone entering the country will need to possess a vaccination certificate, and failing to do so may result in government actions taken against them.
Djokovic 'extremely disappointed' at court's decision
Novak Djokovic had to leave Australia after the court ruled a decision against him. The Serbian said that he was 'extremely disappointed' at the court's decision and confirmed that he will not participate in the Australian Open, where he is the three-time defending champion. "I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today's Court hearing. I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," said Djokovic in a letter.
"I am extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open," he added."