Novak Djokovic can defend Wimbledon title after Covid restrictions lifted


Novak Djokovic will be allowed to defend his title at Wimbledon after All England Club officials confirmed players will not be required to be vaccinated to take part in the tournament this summer. The world number one, who beat Matteo Berrettini to claim his sixth Wimbledon crown last year, has only played three tournaments in 2022 due to entry restrictions imposed by various countries, including his expulsion from Australia.

However, with most nations relaxing their rules regarding the virus, Djokovic should be free to play a full schedule on clay and grass courts, although he is currently still unable to enter the United States. . Speaking at the Wimbledon Spring Briefing, Chief Executive Sally Bolton said: “As you are aware the requirements set by the Government to enter the UK do not include compulsory vaccination and therefore well that she is of course encouraged, it will not be a conditional entry to participate in the championships this year.

Last year’s Covid-related restrictions, which included reduced crowds for most of the tournament and strict player conditions, will all be lifted. Bolton said: “We plan to return to a normal Championship this year. And so we don’t intend to substantially implement any of the Covid-19 measures that we saw last year.

“But we are of course keeping it on our radar in case we need to take further action as we continue to engage with DCMS, public health officials and with other sports. But that means players will be able to revert to their own choice of accommodation.

“We will see full capacity crowds for the entire event. And we are absolutely delighted to welcome the big tennis family back to Wimbledon this year.”

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