Novak Djokovic may be banned from US Open after Australian visa carnage

Novak Djokovic may now be banned from playing in this year's US Open following the carnage of his visa row with Australia.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner was deported from the country on Sunday on the eve of this year's Australian Open after having his visa cancelled for a second time.

Djokovic had also had his vaccine exemptions revoked as a result of a row over his vaccination following his arrival in Australia from his native Serbia.

Other Grand Slam tournaments could also now follow suit in making full vaccination compulsory for athletes, denying Djokovic the chance to play unless he gets jabbed.

The Daily Mail report that vaccinations could be made compulsory for this year's US Open, which is scheduled for August and September in New York City.

Events being held in Indian Wells and Miami this Spring are set to make jabs compulsory, with the US Open understood to be considering following suit.

This comes after the French government suggested unvaccinated players may be banned from playing at the French Open.

The Sports Ministry has declared non-jabbed players will not be exempt from any vaccination rules placed on the tournament.

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These rules are likely to include a requirement to have a vaccination health pass to attend Roland Garros, in line with other sporting events in France.

If Djokovic is left unable to play at both the French and US Opens then he would only be left with Wimbledon as a Grand Slam event this year.

The All England Club have said it is too soon to take a position on vaccine requirements and that they will adhere to government policy when it comes to any rules.

This would seriously hamper the Serbs bid to win a record 21st Grand Slam and move clear of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Djokovic has, however, already won six Wimbledon titles and would go into this year's tournament as the defending champion.

He could do so without some of his current sponsors, though, as a result of his debacle in Australia, with clothing provider Lacoste stating they will speak with him about the events.

In a statement, the French fashion brand said: “We will be in touch with Novak to review the events that have accompanied his presence in Australia.”

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