Novak Djokovic could be facing more trouble at the next Grand Slam – after France insisted on a covid pass barring the unvaccinated from all sports arenas.
The French Open is the next Slam in the tennis calendar taking place in May and Djokovic was expected to participate without complication – but the new Covid Pass has changed that.
France’s lower house voted by 215 to 58 to give final approval to a vaccine pass that will exclude the unvaccinated from restaurants, sports arenas and other venues. It will apply to everybody over the age of 16 and the law will take effect shortly.
Immediately it throws Djokovic’s participation at Roland Garros into doubt.
Stanislas Guerin, who represents the 17th and 18th arrondissements in Paris, said: ‘Djokovic’s behaviour was irresponsible. Australia is a sovereign country which makes it rules and the rules should be respected.
‘We can’t have two weights and two measures regarding the Covid Pass. If you are called Djoko, Nadal or Mr Whoever, you respect the rules.
‘All the big events which will take place in France will adopt the Covid Pass. Who would understand if we asked our citizens to make an effort and respect the rules and we then authorised some to get out of them?’
The news comes after Djokovic was deported from Australia after his visa was cancelled by authorities in the country. He has been banned from the country for three years