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Djokovic clear to play Monte-Carlo, Roland-Garros as France suspends its Covid-19 pass

The world No 2 should be able to defend his title at Roland-Garros in May

Djokovic 2021 French Open 19 – Djokovic won his second Roland-Garros title in 2021, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final, 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 (Panoramic)

Novak Djokovic should be clear to return to the ATP Tour next month in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters – and defend his title at Roland-Garros – after the French government announced that it is to lift its vaccine pass which insists on vaccination against Covid-19.

Until now, Djokovic’s participation in Monte-Carlo – and at Roland-Garros in May, where he is the defending champion, has been in doubt because the Serb is not vaccinated against the virus.

But Thursday’s decision to suspend the vaccine pass – due to come into force from March 14 – means Djokovic will be free to play in Monte-Carlo (April 9-17) and Roland-Garros (May 22-June 5). With Wimbledon also set to welcome all players, vaccinated or not, as per the relaxation of Covid rules in the UK, Djokovic will have the chance to add to his tally of 20 Grand Slams.

Djokovic is currently unable to play in the United States, which retains rules against entry to non-vaccinated people, which means he will miss both Masters 1000 events this month in Indian Wells and Miami. His participation in the US Open also remains in doubt, at this stage.

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