Novak Djokovic has been handed a boost by being told he will be allowed to play the Rome Masters in May.
The world number one is facing an uncertain future as his determination to not be vaccinated against Covid-19 conflicts with the entry requirements for countries and tournaments on the ATP Tour.
Djokovic is still to play a tournament yet this season, but he will finally get underway in Dubai next week, where there are no vaccination requirements at all.
He is also currently on the entry list for Indian Wells, although he will likely require a special medical exemption to get past the strict entry requirements for the United States.
Attention will then turn to the clay season, which is looking a lot more positive for Djokovic.
As a resident of Monaco, he should have few difficulties gaining entry to the Monte-Carlo Masters, and although France's current rules would make an appearance at Roland Garros difficult, they are expected to be relaxed before May.
Now, Djokovic has been given the greenlight to compete for a sixth Rome Masters title, with Italian undersecretary for sport Valentina Vezzali saying there are no plans to change the current rules that are favourable to him.
"As far as tennis is concerned, the reinforced Green Pass is not foreseen," Valentina told la Repubblica.
"So if Djokovic wants to come and play in Rome he can do it."
Djokovic is also expected to be able to play Wimbledon, with the UK currently not requiring vaccination to enter the country.