The Associated Press reports:
Novak Djokovic arrived in his native Serbia on Monday after being deported from Australia because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, ending his hopes of defending his Australian Open title. But even as one saga appeared to close, another opened as questions arose over whether he would be barred from the next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open.
A member of the French Parliament said a new law that will exclude unvaccinated people from sports venues other public places will apply anyone who wants to play in the tournament. The comments Monday from the sports minister [below] marked a reversal from prior plans to create a “bubble” around the tournament, scheduled for late May into June. France’s sports ministry said Monday once the new law is in place, there will be no exceptions until further notice.
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The saga over Novak Djokovic’s COVID-19 vaccination status is far from over as the tennis star faces questions over whether he will be barred from playing in the French Open, which starts in May. https://t.co/g0fuHoddg9
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 17, 2022
A l’heure où nous mettons en place le #PasseVaccinal pour tous les Français, y compris dans les lieux sportifs, il ne peut y avoir de traitement de faveur pour des “stars”.#Djokovic n’est pas vacciné ? Les règles s’appliqueront pour lui aussi.#BourdinDirect pic.twitter.com/qigfASeoQK
— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) January 17, 2022