Doomsday Djokovic scenario in GOAT race

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Despite coming location to a hero's invited successful Serbia, Novak Djokovic faces an uncertain aboriginal astatine this year's Grand Slam events, erstwhile Australian subordinate Sam Groth says.

The satellite No.1's eventual deportation hogged the headlines successful the pb up to the year's archetypal Grand Slam tourney but the contention surrounding his vaccination presumption is acceptable to travel him according to Groth.

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"It's going to beryllium difficult, we cognize successful France the French president is making it hard for unvaccinated people," Groth told Wide World of Sports' The Morning Serve.

"New York has vaccine mandates. I deliberation arsenic the twelvemonth goes connected it's going to get harder and harder for unvaccinated players to question around.

"What determination Novak makes is up to him but he's besides got to recognize the consequences that travel with that. There's a batch of speech astir however Novak is going to play successful Melbourne adjacent twelvemonth but there's a batch much to play retired until AO 2023."

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A antheral takes a selfie with Novak Djokovic aft his accomplishment successful Belgrade, Serbia. (AP)

Djokovic is level with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, with each 3 having won a grounds 20 Grand Slams.

But the top-ranked men's subordinate could besides beryllium barred from the French Open this year, nether a caller instrumentality intended to exclude the unvaccinated from stadiums and different nationalist places.

Much could alteration betwixt present and the commencement of the Grand Slam tourney successful precocious May, but that raised the thought that the caller saga successful Australia would beryllium not conscionable a blip but an ongoing situation for the athlete, who is progressively being held up arsenic a leader by the anti-vaccine movement.

Fans question a Serbian emblem arsenic Novak Djokovic arrives astatine the Nikola Tesla airdrome successful Belgrade. (AP)

A subordinate of the French parliament, Christophe Castaner, said that the caller instrumentality volition use to anyone who wants to play successful the French Open — a reversal of earlier plans to make a "bubble" astir the tournament.

"To bash your job, to travel for pleasance oregon leisure, to signifier a sport, it volition beryllium indispensable to contiguous a vaccine. This volition beryllium valid for radical who unrecorded successful France but besides for foreigners who travel to our state for abrogation oregon for a large sports competition," Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu told BFM tv connected Monday.

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But immoderate details of the instrumentality are inactive being hashed retired — including however it volition woody with radical who person precocious recovered from COVID-19, arsenic Djokovic says helium has.

The question is however caller the corruption has to beryllium to suffice for an exemption to vaccination rules.

Djokovic is besides the defending champion astatine Wimbledon, which begins successful precocious June.

But truthful far, England has allowed exemptions from assorted coronavirus regulations for visiting athletes, if they stay astatine their accommodation erstwhile not competing oregon training.

The US Tennis Association, which runs the US Open, has said it volition travel authorities rules connected vaccination status.

- with AP

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