Novak Djokovic lands in Serbia as questions arise over French Open

The tennis star ran afoul of Australia’s strict COVID-19 rules in what quickly became a widely watched international legal fight.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Novak Djokovic returned home Monday after being thwarted from defending his Australian Open title only to face a new predicament: He could be barred from the French Open this year, too, if he’s still not vaccinated against COVID-19.

A plane carrying the No. 1-ranked player touched down in his native Serbia, closing at least the first chapter in a dizzying drama that has resonance in the world of elite sports, Australia’s pandemic politics and the polarized debate over the coronavirus shots.

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