French Open organizers said on Wednesday that Novak Djokovic may defend his title as the tournament prepares to carry out what is expected to be the first Grand Slam without Covid-19-related restrictions since the pandemic broke two years ago .
France on Monday lifted restrictions on almost all public spaces except hospitals, nursing homes and public transport, meaning the Roland Garros stadium will have to operate at full capacity with Djokovic taking it to the red dirty courts.
“As things stand now, there is nothing stopping Djokovic from taking part in the French Open,” tournament director Amelie Mauresmo told a news conference on Wednesday.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner could not defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from the country in furore after initially being admitted to the tournament despite not being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The 34-year-old is also out of this month’s ATP 1000 tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami, unable to enter the United States without proof of vaccination.
While that is not necessary to enter France or a sporting event in the country, the president of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) Gilles Moretton warned that things could change before the tournament starts on May 22nd.
“A virus is still circulating and we have to be careful. “If things happened again and the government took new measures, we would not be excluded from these measures,” he said.
Moretton was optimistic that Roland Garros Stadium would be full after the 2020 and 2021 editions were hit by COVID-19.
“We started selling tickets on March 8 and 500,000 of the 600,000 have already been sold,” Moretton told a news conference on Wednesday.
“Of the 150,000 tickets for the night sessions, 100,000 were sold.”
Djokovic expects to defend the French Open title as Roland Garros expects him to return to normal – SABC News
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