Novak Djokovic faces more troubles, as he can not play Roland Garros


Novak Djokovic faces more troubles, as he can not play Roland Garros

After his unsuccessful and painful Melbourne saga, things are looking much more apparent for Novak Djokovic ahead of Roland Garros. The 20-time Major winner will not defend the Parisian crown won last June if he does not take a vaccine!

The French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu signaled a mandatory vaccination pass for international athletes in Paris this May. The French National Assembly approved the introduction of a new vaccine pass which will exclude anyone who is not fully jabbed from restaurants, sports arenas and other venues.

Djokovic was forced to leave Australia on Sunday after judges upheld a decision by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke to cancel his visa on public health grounds. The decision marked the end of a turbulent ten-day saga of the Serb's attempts to stay and defend his title.

He was initially granted a medical exemption to enter Australia by two different independent health panels - one commissioned by Tennis Australia, the other by the state government of Victoria - after testing positive for coronavirus in mid-December.

But the player's attempt to enter the country without being vaccinated stoked public anger. The Australian Border Force detained him on January 5 for not meeting coronavirus requirements, and his visa was revoked.

Novak Djokovic will not have a chance to defend title in Paris without a vaccine.

A judge overturned that decision last Monday, but the government stepped in several days later to revoke his visa again.

The legal battle concluded on Sunday when judges upheld the government's decision, leaving Djokovic with no other option but to leave the country and fly to Dubai. In the last year's Roland Garros final, Novak took down Stefanos Tsitsipas from two sets to love down to claim the 19th Major title and the second in Paris.

"The vaccination pass has been adopted. As soon as the law is promulgated, entering public buildings already subject to the health pass (stadium, theater or lounge) for all spectators, practitioners, French or foreign professionals will become mandatory.

Thank you to the sports movement for the work of conviction with the last rare unvaccinated. We will work together to preserve the competitions and to be the ambassadors of these measures at the international level," Sports Minister Maracineanu said.

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