French Open ‘ban’, Tennis Australia make statement, Murray and Zverev slam ‘mess’

Latest Novak Djokovic saga news

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says the decision to deport Novak Djokovic from Australia is ‘shameful’.

Matic is one of a number of Serbian sports stars to speak out in support of their compatriot, who was sent home after a Covid vaccination row.

Red Devils ace Matic posted an Instagram picture of Djokovic proudly holding the ATP Finals trophy, and captioned it: “Your glory and their shame will live forever.”

And it looks like France’s government is doing the Hokey Cokey when it comes to Djok playing at their flagship tennis event in May.

Last week France’s sports minister Roxana Maracineau suggested the under-fire Serb would be allowed to compete at this year’s French Open.

But it seems that after further discussions, the French have decided to take a harder line and introduce a ‘vaccine pass’ system.

So unless the world No1 gets the jab – or the powers that be have another change of heart – he may be watching the action at Roland Garros on the telly.

And the star’s chance to defend his Wimbledon title is in doubt, according to The Telegraph.

Their report says: “The UK Government position remained unchanged on Monday but the Daily Telegraph has been told that did not mean Djokovic’s Wimbledon title defence was assured.” French Open ‘ban’, Tennis Australia make statement, Murray and Zverev slam ‘mess’


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