In the wake of his Australian Open disaster, Novak Djokovic has been given a boost for the French Open.
Novak Djokovic has received some good news regarding the French Open, despite his chances at the Australian Open being ruined after his visa was rejected by Melbourne border control.
Novak Djokovic appears to have received some good news elsewhere, following the recent chaos surrounding his arrival in Australia for the year’s first Grand Slam.
And it has to do with the French Open, which will be held in May.
Djokovic was detained by border officials for hours after arriving in Melbourne for the Australian Open this week, before being moved to a quarantine hotel after his visa was denied.
The world No. 1’s chances of competing in the Grand Slam had been in doubt for months after he repeatedly refused to reveal his Covid vaccination status, implying that he had not yet received the vaccine, which was required for the Melbourne showpiece.
However, Djokovic revealed this week that he had been granted a medical exemption by event organizers in order to compete.
However, when he arrived, he discovered that his visa had been revoked.
The Serbian will now be held in a quarantine hotel in Melbourne until Monday, when he will learn whether or not he can stay in Australia and compete in the event.
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In the midst of the chaos, there was some good news for the 20-time Grand Slam winner, who was told by France’s Sports Minister, Roxana Maracineanu, that he would be able to compete at Roland Garros this year without having received the vaccine.
Djokovic will be allowed to compete in Paris in May, according to Maracineanu, if he follows the current protocols.
“He would not follow the same organizational procedures as those who have been vaccinated,” she explained.
“However, because of the protocols and the health bubble, he will be able to compete.”
Many of the Serbian’s supporters in Australia took to the streets outside his hotel this week to protest for his freedom.
His parents held a press conference in Serbia in support of their son, demanding that he be released from the Park Hotel in Carlton immediately.
His mother, Dijana, claimed her son was being held as a ‘prisoner’ during their press conference.
“I spoke with him a lot,” she explained.
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