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An athlete “who is not vaccinated (…) will be able to participate in the competition because the protocol, the health bubble of major sporting events, will allow it,” according to the French Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu, asked last week about the case. of the Serbian tennis player.
The future health pass, still under examination in the Gallic Parliament, and which could be required of “all athletes who train in France, whether French or foreign, if they are domiciled in our territory”, according to the minister’s explanations, would not be of application in the case of Djokovic.
However, a new Roland Garros under a sanitary bubble is likely, as were the last two editions of the tournament on clay, with travel limited to the hotel-stadium and stadium-hotel route.
Djokovic would be required to self-isolate for ten days upon arrival in England, undergoing a first test in the two days before his trip, and a second test on the second day after his arrival, and a third no earlier than the eighth day. In the best of cases, this quarantine could be reduced to five days if, after the first two negative tests, ‘Nole’ carried out an extra one on his own.
On the condition, however, that you have not been in the previous ten days in a country that appears on the red list drawn up by the British authorities. Any positive test would extend the quarantine 10 days from the date of the positive result. Six and a half months after the Grand Slam on grass (June 27-July 10), this health protocol may vary depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
Nor is it ruled out that Wimbledon launches a health bubble, as in 2021, with a hotel imposed and limited travel.
And there are few exceptions to this rule. Some of them are a “documented medical contraindication to receiving a vaccine against covid-19”, or “participation in certain clinical trials on covid-19”, according to the US federal public health agency.
But not so a recent infection, the reason Djokovic relied on to be able to enter Australia. And this without taking into account the sanitary rules of the city of New York, and that, for example, prevent basketball player Kyrie Irving from playing home games with the Brooklyn Nets since he is not vaccinated.
The specialist of the double Pierre-Hugues Herbert, not vaccinated and who resigned from the Australian Open, in principle will not be able to participate in the US Open either.