Wimbledon said Tuesday that it won’t have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for this year’s tournament, clearing the way for Novak Djokovic to defend his title in London.
Driving the news: Djokovic wasn’t allowed to play in the Australian Open in January because he isn’t vaccinated for COVID-19 and received a three-year visa ban from Australia.
- He will also likely be able to play in the French Open in May. French officials announced last month that the country would no longer require travelers to be vaccinated.
- The world No. 1 had to sit out of two prominent tournaments, Indian Wells and the Miami Open, earlier this year because the U.S. requires foreign travelers to show proof of vaccination.
- It’s unclear if Djokovic will be able to play in the U.S. Open after tournament officials said they would follow the government rules in place.
The big picture: Djokovic has won 20 grand slams, including six at Wimbledon. That is second-most for a men’s player, trailing only Rafael Nadal.
What they’re saying: “Whilst of course [vaccination] is encouraged, it will not be a condition of entry to compete at the championship this year,” All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton explained to the press conference on Tuesday.