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Novak Djokovic is likely to defend the French Open title

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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 500 – Dubai Tennis Championships – The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 24, 2022 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his quarterfinal match against Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

March 3, 2022

Novak Djokovic now seems likely to compete in the French Open after France eased COVID-19 restrictions.

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that vaccination certificates will no longer be required from March 14.

The French Open, where the unvaccinated Djokovic is the defending champion, begins on May 22nd.

Djokovic, 34, was expelled from Australia just before the start of the Australian Open in January due to his vaccination status.

The Serbian star later said he was ready to skip future Grand Slam events instead of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

“That’s the price I’m willing to pay,” Djokovic told the BBC last month.

With France now reversing their protocols, Djokovic could travel to Roland Garros in search of a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title. Spaniard Rafael Nadal has won his 21st at the Australian Open.

Djokovic slipped to No. 2 in the world rankings released on Monday, with Russian Daniil Medvedev taking the top spot.

–Field level media

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