Potential implications for Novak Djokovic as French Sports Ministry state – ‘No vaccine, no entry’

The French Ministry for Sport have announced a strict ‘no vaccine, no entry’ rule for the foreseeable future which could have further implications for world number one Novak Djokovic. 

The new ruling, which was approved by Parliament on Sunday, will require all visitors to have a certificate of vaccination which could impact the Roland Garros entry list in four months time.

This immediately follows the very public Novak Djokovic debacle at the Australian Open in which the nine-time Champion had his visa cancelled after seemingly receiving conflicting information from the Australian Government and Tennis Australia.

The Australian Open organisers have come under fire for creating the confusion due to allowing medical exemptions for certain players.

Now the French Ministry for Sport have made it very clear that no such exemptions will be allowed in their country, at least not for the time being.

“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,” the ministry said.

“This will apply to everyone who is a spectator or a professional sportsperson. And this until further notice.

The Ministry did conceded that the situation may change before Roland Garros in May, however, if not, no allowances will be made.

“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.”

Novak Djokovic has insisted that while he is not anti-vaccine, he is pro-choice and has so far declined to vaccinate against COVID-19.

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