Wimbledon begins to look like the ONLY Grand Slam hope for Novak Djokovic in 2022, where the US Open will follow Roland Garros in excluding unvaccinated players
- Novak Djokovic was unable to secure an exemption to compete in the Australian Open
- World No. 1 could now face similar difficulties at the French and US Open
- Wimbledon may prove to be the only Grand Slam the Serb can compete in
Wimbledon is starting to look like the last resort for Novak Djokovic after the French government suggested he would be excluded from the French Open.
The Paris Ministry of Sports stated that elite athletes who have not been offended will not be exempt from having to have a vaccination passport to attend Roland Garros in May and other sporting events in the country.
If it holds, it narrows the possibilities further for world No. 1, 34, which also risks being excluded from the United States. This spring’s Indian Wells and Miami events will make it mandatory to be bumped, and the US Open is likely to follow suit.
Wimbledon may now be the only Grand Slam where Novak Djokovic can add his 20 titles
Djokovic may face problems at the French Open and US Open, which, like the Australian Open, are considering preventing athletes from competing without being offended by Covid
So Wimbledon could be Djokovic’s only chance to add to his Grand Slam number of 20. The All England Club says it’s too early to take a stand and that they will abide by government policy. It also increases the possibility that Djokovic will play at Queen’s this summer.
Djokovic arrived back in Belgrade on Monday, and ominously for him, his clothing sponsor Lacoste said they would talk to him.
“We will be in contact with Novak to review the events that have accompanied his presence in Australia,” a statement read.