Djokovic expected to defend French Open title as Roland Garros anticipates return to normality | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: French Open organisers mentioned on Wednesday that Novak Djokovic is allowed to defend his title because the match prepares to stage what is anticipated to be the primary Grand Slam with none COVID-19 associated restrictions for the reason that pandemic broke two years in the past.
France has lifted restrictions in nearly all public areas – besides hospitals, nursing houses and public transports – on Monday, which means the Roland Garros stadium must be working at full capability with Djokovic taking it to the pink grime courts.
“As issues stand, nothing stands in the best way of Djokovic participating within the French Open,” match director Amelie Mauresmo informed a information convention on Wednesday.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from the nation in a furore after being initially admitted to the match regardless of not being vaccinated in opposition to coronavirus.
The 34-year-old can be out of this month’s ATP 1000 tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami, unable to enter the US with no proof of vaccination.
Whereas that isn’t required to enter France or any sporting occasion within the nation, French tennis federation (FFT) president Gilles Moretton warned that issues might change earlier than the match begins on Might 22.
“There’s nonetheless a virus circulating and we’ve to be cautious. If issues have been to occur once more and the federal government would take new measures we might not be excluded from these measures,” he defined.
Moretton was optimistic that the Roland Garros stadium could be full after the 2020 and 2021 editions have been hit by COVID-19.
“We began promoting tickets on March 8 and 500,000 of the 600,000 have already been offered,” Moretton informed a information convention on Wednesday.
“Out of the 150,000 tickets for the night time periods, 100,000 have been offered.”

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