Djokovic is the reigning men’s singles champion on the clay courts of Roland Garros.
Along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he has won 20 grand slam titles.
But there is a real danger that he may be forced to miss the French Open.
France’s vaccine pass law, approved by parliament on Sunday, will require people to have a vaccine certificate to enter public places such as restaurants, cafes, cinemas and sports arenas, among others.
“The rule is simple. The vaccine pass will be required once the law comes into force in institutions that were already subject to the health pass. This will apply to everyone – spectators and professional sportspeople.” a French Sports Ministry spokeswoman said.
That new legislation puts the chances of Djokovic, who has not been vaccinated against Covid-19, competing at the French Open in jeopardy.
The French Open previously allowed for unvaccinated players to compete as they operated in a bubble around the tournament.
Even Spain may bar Novak
He will also have to comply with Spain’s health rules to compete in the upcoming Madrid Open that kicks off in late April, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday.
Sanchez lauded Australia’s decision to deport Djokovic, saying he has “total respect for the decision of the Australian government.”
Novak returns to Serbia
Djokovic was also deported from Australia after losing a court challenge against the Australian government’s decision to cancel his visa on public health and order grounds.
His return to Belgrade was greeted by fans holding Serbian flags and proclaiming their support.
Djokovic traveled to Belgrade from Melbourne via Dubai.
The evening before, a building in Belgrade was illuminated with the words “Nole, you are the pride of Serbia.”
The Serbian Olympic Committee said it was “very disappointed” over Australia’s “scandalous decision” to deport Djokovic, adding that a “huge injustice” had been committed.
The Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic also said the visa cancellation was “scandalous.”