After the decision to cancel the visa taken by the Australian Federal Court, Novak Djokovic returned to his Belgrade and was greeted by thousands of fans at the airport. The Serbian, as specified by his mother Dijana, will not release official statements on the matter in the coming days.
Djokovic's situation could become more complicated than expected, because the French government has also adopted the bill that provides for the introduction of the "vaccination pass". The risk is that Djokovic will be forced to miss Roland Garros too.
“The vaccination pass has been adopted. As soon as the law is promulgated, it will become mandatory for entry into public buildings already subject to the health pass (stadiums, theaters) and will be valid for everyone: spectators, athletes, professionals and non-professionals, French and foreign ", wrote the French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu.
"Thanks to the sports movement for convincing the last, unvaccinated few. We will work together to preserve competitions and to be the ambassadors of these measures internationally." Roxana Maracineanu, in the words gathered by the Reuters agency, then spoke directly about Roland Garros, which this year will be played from May 16 to June 5.
"Roland Garros is in May, the situation could change between now and then and we hope it will be more favorable. So we will see, but clearly right now there is no exemption”. The feeling is that Djokovic will have to make an important decision about his tennis future, because all the major tournaments are oriented to open their doors only to the vaccinated.
Djokovic will not be defending his title at the AO
Novak Djokovic will not be defending his title at the 2022 Australian Open. Lucky loser and World No. 150 Salvatore Caruso will be replacing the Serb in the main draw of the event.
"I am happy and proud to play one of the most important tournaments in the world," Caruso wrote on Instagram. "I understand Novak Djokovic's disappointment in not being able to participate and I wish him to return soon to do what he loves.
I don't feel like I can express an opinion on the event itself because I don't know the details and don't think it is fair to pass judgement," he added. Novak Djokovic is in danger of losing his World No. 1 ranking this month, as he will be dropping 2,000 ranking points after missing the Australian Open.
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev and World No. 3 Alexander Zverev could be the big gainers in this case -- if either wins the event they will become World No. 1 on February 1, 2022.