Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic given green light to defend his title at SW19

Djokovic will look to win his seventh title on the grass court surface after being allowed it compete at Wimbledon this summer.

All England Club officials have confirmed players will not have to provide a vaccinated status to Covid-19 in order to play at this summer's tournament.

It means Djokovic - who was unable to play at the Australian Open due to not having the vaccination - will now be able to defend the title he won last year.

Djokovic, the current world number one, has only played in three tournaments since the turn of 2022 and is yet to win a competition. The best he has managed is finishing runner-up in the Serbia Open final.

With most nations relaxing their rules around the virus, though, Djokovic should be free to play a full schedule through the clay and grass-court stretches, although he is currently still unable to enter the USA.

Speaking at Wimbledon's spring briefing, chief executive Sally Bolton said: "As you will be aware, the requirements set out by government to enter the UK do not include mandatory vaccination and, therefore, while of course it is encouraged, it will not be a conditional entry to compete at the Championships this year."

Last year's Covid-related restrictions, which included reduced crowds for most of the tournament and strict conditions imposed on the players, will all be lifted.

Novak Djokovic running backhand

Bolton said: "We are planning to return to a normal Championships this year. And so we don't intend to implement any of the Covid-19 measures that we saw last year in any substantial fashion.

"But we are, of course, keeping it on our radar in case we need to take further action when we continue to engage with DCMS, public health officials and with other sports.

"But this means that players will be able to return to their own choice of accommodation. We will see full capacity crowds for the whole event. And we're absolutely thrilled to welcome back the wider tennis family to Wimbledon this year."

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