Protesters support Novak and call for the end of his U.S. Open updates.

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A small crowd of demonstrators shouting “Novak! Novak!” outside the entrance to the U.S. Open urged an ending of the travel ban that prevented Novak Djokovic from playing at this year’s event.
Djokovic hails from Serbia but was not allowed to be a part of America. U.S. because he is not in the vaccination program for COVID-19. He competed in the two previous U.S. Opens that were held amid the pandemic; however, the vaccine requirement for the current event began in November. 8.
Participants of Families are Essential, and Children’s Health Defense & Teachers for Choice were among the protesters who were seated behind banners that spelt out “End the Travel Mandates Now!”

Since the addition of Serena Williams to the schedule in the evening, The U.S. Open has begun with a lot more excitement than normal for the first day of play.
The tournament begins at the last Grand Slam of the year. The reigning champion Daniil Medvedev is among the players who will start their matches early on Monday.

Medvedev, who won the first Grand Slam title last year at Flushing Meadows, plays the main match at Arthur Ashe Stadium against American Stefan Kozlov at noon.
Former U.S. Open champion Andy Murray will take on the No. 24 seed Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in one of the first tournaments.
Williams will open the evening session in Ashe to begin the possibly final event in her professional career. Williams, a 22-time Grand Slam singles champion, faces Danka Kovinic.
Dominic Thiem, the 2020 champion who was unable to participate last year, will be on the list, as are the previous U.S. Open champions Stan Wawrinka and Bianca Andreescu.

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