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Protesters support Novak and call for the end of the mandate

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the US Open tennis tournament (all times local):

A small group of protesters chanting “Novak! Novak!” outside the US Open entrance urged an end to the vaccine travel mandate that prevented Novak Djokovic from competing in this year’s tournament.

Djokovic, who is from Serbia, was unable to travel to the US because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. He was able to compete during the previous two US Opens held during the pandemic, but the current vaccination requirement began last November 8.

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Members of Families are Essential and Children’s Health Defense & Teachers for Choice were among the protesters, standing behind signs reading “End Travel Mandate Now!”

With Serena Williams on the evening programme, the US Open has started with much more excitement than usual for Day 1.

Play 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 last year at Flushing Meadows, plays the main match at Arthur Ashe Stadium against American Stefan Kozlov at noon.

Former US Open champion Andy Murray takes on No. 24 seed Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in one of the matches that has started.

Williams will begin the night session in Ashe for the start of what could be the last tournament of her career. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion faces Danka Kovinic.

Dominic Thiem, the 2020 champion who missed the tournament last year, is also on the schedule, along with former US Open champions Stan Wawrinka and Bianca Andreescu.

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