After France insisted on a covid pass preventing the unvaccinated from all sporting arenas, tennis star Novak Djokovic could face additional difficulties at the next Grand Slam.
The French Open is the next Grand Slam on the tennis calendar, and Djokovic was supposed to play without incident, but the new Covid Pass could result in a ban.
By a vote of 215 to 58, France’s lower house approved a vaccine legislation that will bar unvaccinated people from restaurants, sports arenas, and other public places.
It will apply to everyone over the age of 16, and it will go into force soon, putting Djokovic’s participation at Roland Garros in jeopardy.
The announcement comes after Djokovic’s visa was revoked by Australian officials, and he was deported from the nation.
However, Djokovic has been barred from entering the nation for a period of three years.
After a 12-day court struggle over his exemption from vaccination, Djokovic left Australia late Sunday night.
Stanislas Guerin, a representative for Paris’s 17th and 18th arrondissements, said:
Djokovic’s behavior was irresponsible.
Australia is a sovereign country which makes it rules and the rules should be respected.
We can’t have two weights and two measures regarding the Covid Pass.
If you are called Djoko, Nadal or Mr Whoever, you respect the rules.
All the big events which will take place in France will adopt the Covid Pass.
Who would understand if we asked our citizens to make an effort and respect the rules and we then authorized some to get out of them?’