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Djokovic’s paradox: He could be unable to play at home

He may live in Monaco, but the Masters 1000 in Montecarlo have warned Novak Djokovic that he will need to meet health regulations demanded by France to take part in the tournament.



“If he’s in line with the health conditions demanded by the French government, we’d welcome him,” said Zeljko Franulovic, director of the tournament.

“He has to be in line, as far as I know for now, he isn’t vaccinated.”

The competition was cancelled in 2020 and was played behind closed doors in 2021, but will open its doors from April 9 to 17 this year.

“To come into France, the first rule is to be vaccinated,” Franulovic added.

“ATP protocol also offers the possibility to show a certificate that you had the disease one month before the start of the season.”

Novak is on the edge
After testing positive in Belgrade, Serbia, on December 16, he could compete given that France allow for four months after a positive test.

Franulovic also reportedly said that every athlete he had spoken to had been vaccinated, other than Djokovic.

It comes after Australia deported the Serbian when he attempted to take part in the Australian Open in a controversial case.

The definitive list of participants in the Masters 1000 will be revealed on March 14, with the draw on April 8.

The French government advanced that Djokovic would be able to take part in Roland Garros in January, before back-tracking to say that he must be fully vaccinated.

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