A small group of protesters chanting Novak – Novak outside the entrance to the US Open urged an end to the vaccine travel mandate that kept Novak Djokovic out of competition at this year’s tournament.
Djokovic, who is from Serbia, was not able to travel to the US as he was not vaccinated for COVID-19. He was the last two US leaders held during the pandemic. Was able to compete during the Open, but the current vaccine requirement began last November 8.
Family members are essential and teachers for children’s health care and alternatives were among the protesters standing behind signs reading “End Journey Mandate Now”.
With Serena Williams’ night schedule, the US Open has started with a lot of buzz from day one.
The game has begun in the final Grand Slam of the year, with defending champion Daniil Medvedev among the players who will be in early action on Monday.
Medvedev, who won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows last year, will play the main match against American Stephen Kozlov at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the afternoon.
Past US Open champion Andy Murray will take on Argentina’s No. 24 Francisco Cerundolo in a match.
Williams will begin the night’s season at Ash, in what could be the final tournament of her career.
2020 champion Dominic Thiem, who missed the tournament last year, is also on schedule along with past US Open champions Stan Wawrinka and Bianca Andreescu.