Novak Djokovic will be allowed to compete at this summer's Wimbledon tournament after All England Club confirmed that COVID-19 vaccinations won't be required.
Per Adam Shergold of the Daily Mail, Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton said there are COVID restrictions planned after the pandemic affected the past two events. That paves the way for the unvaccinated Djokovic to defend his 2021 title this July.
"As you will be aware, the requirements set out by government to enter the UK do not include mandatory vaccination and, therefore, while of course it is encouraged, it will not be a conditional entry to compete at the Championships this year," Bolton said. "We are planning to return to a normal Championships this year. And so we don't intend to implement any of the Covid-19 measures that we saw last year in any substantial fashion."
Bolton added that they will continue to monitor the situation "in case we need to take further action."
Djokovic could not compete in this year's Australian Open after Federal Court judges upheld a decision to cancel his travel visa. He admitted to a "human error" made by a team member on his behalf when checking off a box claiming he hadn't traveled in two weeks before arriving in Australia. The Serbian native had gone from his home country to Spain during that period.
The world's No. 1-ranked men's tennis star won three of his 20 career Grand Slam titles last year, but he couldn't vie for his fourth straight Australian Open triumph in January. After getting excluded from the event he's often dominated, Djokovic told BBC's Amol Rajan that missing competitions was "the price that I'm willing to pay" to avoid getting vaccinated.
"The principles of decision making on my body are more important than any title or anything else," Djokovic said in the February interview. "I'm trying to be in tune with my body as much as I possibly can."
Djokovic will also be allowed to defend his French Open title in May.