Novak Djokovic looks set to take up his engagement in the French Open after France announced that it is suspending its vaccination pass this month.
The French sports minister announced in January that all athletes would need to be vaccinated in order to compete on French soil, throwing Djokovic’s defence of his Roland Garros title into severe doubt.
But, with the latest wave of the Covid-19 pandemic now subsiding, Prime Minister Jean Castex revealed the current restrictions will end on 14 March.
He said: "The situation is improving thanks to our collective efforts. The conditions are met for a new phase of easing of measures. From Monday 14 March, we will suspend the application of the vaccination pass wherever it applies."
The news also means Djokovic, who is the only man in the top 100 who remains unvaccinated, can play in the Monte-Carlo Masters beginning on 10 April, which could well be his next tournament.
The Serbian, who was overtaken as world number one by Daniil Medvedev this week, played his first tournament of the year in Dubai last week but is currently unable to enter the US for the big ATP events in Indian Wells and Miami this month.
It was revealed this week, meanwhile, that he split from his long-time coach Marian Vajda at the end of last season.
Djokovic won his second title on the Parisian clay last year after beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.