World No.1 Novak Djokovic could now be barred from playing in the French Open after the country's sports ministry said that there would be no exemption from the new vaccine pass law and all the athletes must be vaccinated before entering the country. The French Open is scheduled to take place in May.
Earlier, France's sports minister Roxane Maracineanu on January 7 said, International Tennis Federation (ITF) protocols at major events meant an unvaccinated player would be entitled to enter France and participate in Roland Garros, which begins in May. Djokovic would not follow the same organisational arrangements as those who are vaccinated, Maracineanu told FranceInfo radio. But he will nonetheless be able to compete (at Roland Garros) because the protocols, the health bubble, allows it.