Novak Djokovic French Open 2021

French Open optimistic on Djokovic participation – “We think the lights are green”

The Tournament Director for the French Open Grand Slam is quietly confident that Novak Djokovic will be able to play in this year’s tournament but still there is no certainty

Novak Djokovic will be playing in the 2022 French Open even if he stays unvaccinated and assuming that the French government do not change their rules for unvaccinated travellers, according to Amelie Mauresmo, the new head of tennis at Roland Garros.

Mauresomo was speaking at a launch event for the legendary Paris tournament when she was asked about the chances of world number one Djokovic being allowed to enter France and defend his men’s singles title.

“The enthusiasm comes from the fact that everything is behind us now. Our objective is to have the best draw possible. We are ready to abide by any rules that were imposed. The situation may evolve any day in any way. We’re not too enthusiastic. We don’t want to be too disappointed in the end, as well.

“We are trying to be poised and neutral. We are trying to prep the tournament as best as we can, as well as we can. We are sure that the draw will be wonderful anyway.

“Unfortunately we don’t know what’s going to happen. If the government were to introduce new actions, we wouldn’t be excluded from that. We don’t know. For the moment, we all think that the lights are green, and it’s a go-ahead.”

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