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New law suggests Novak Djokovic could partake in French Open

Novak Djokovic could be "allowed to defend his French Open title under the latest COVID-19 rules adopted by the French government," even if he is "still not vaccinated when the clay-court Grand Slam starts in May," according to Charlton & Petrequin of the AP. It initially appeared that Djokovic would "not be welcomed at Roland Garros" under a new law intended to "exclude the unvaccinated from stadiums, restaurants, bars and other public places." However, under the law that took effect on Monday, anyone who has "proof they tested positive within the previous six months is exempt from having to show a vaccine pass." That "suggests Djokovic could play in the French Open" because he has said that he "tested positive in mid-December." The French Sports Ministry was "not immediately available to answer questions," and Djokovic’s team also declined to comment (AP, 1/24).

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