Novak Djokovic could feature in French Open after France relaxes Covid-19 vaccination requirements

France previously required all athletes to be vaccinated from Covid-19 in order to compete in their country, but restrictions are now easing on March 14.

Following Novak Djokovic's Australian Open saga, it looked increasingly likely that the former world No.1 would also miss the French Open, after France implemented a Covid-19 pass for all athletes.

The Serbian is the only player within the top 100 players to be unvaccinated, and his hopes of competing in the French Open looked slim, but his chances were boosted on Thursday as France announced they're relaxing restrictions in March.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the changes on Thursday morning:

"The situation is improving thanks to our collective efforts. The conditions are met for a new phase of easing of measures. From Monday March 14, we will suspend the application of the vaccination pass wherever it applies."

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While this would allow Djokovic to defend his Roland Garros title in May, it would also allow the 34-year-old to feature in the Monte-Carlo Masters, with the tournament beginning on April 10.

It could well be Djokovic's next tournament, and the first time he takes to the court since losing his world No.1 title to Russia's Daniil Medvedev.

Djokovic will also be without long-time coach Marian Vajda on his return, after the duo split at the end of last season.

It's also important to note that while Djokovic currently qualifies for entry to France and the French Open, changes could be made between now and the May 22 start date.

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