First Australia, now France?
Tennis star Novak Djokovic may be barred from playing at the French Open after lawmakers supported a law requiring anyone wishing to enter sports venues and other public venues to be vaccinated against coronavirus. Djokovic has not been vaccinated.
As soon as the vaccine pass plan officially becomes law, its use will be “mandatory to enter public venues … for all spectators, practitioners, French or foreign professionals,” French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu tweeted Sunday.
Djokovic should not expect to play “if he does not respect a rule that applies to the spectators, it will apply to the ball boys, to the professionals who will work and run a shop on Roland-Garros,” said former Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. RMC radio on Monday.
“What kind of world would we be in if we considered that because we are a star, we could deviate from the rule?” said Castaner, adding that the tournament organizers have agreed to comply with France’s guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine.
The French Open is the next grand slam tennis event and runs from late May to June.
On Sunday, Djokovic lost a final legal bid against his expulsion from Australia.
A panel of three judges ruled unanimously in favor of the Australian government, which had canceled Djokovic’s visa due to public health, meaning the Serbian star is out of the Australian Open, a tournament he has won nine times.