The US Open males’s and ladies’s singles finals didn’t seem to characteristic “The Star-Spangled Banner” over the weekend, as Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff gained titles of their classes.
Gauff defeated Aryna Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to select up the primary Grand Slam title of her profession. Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight units 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Nevertheless, earlier than the matches began, the American nationwide anthem was lacking from the event held at Flushing Meadows in New York Metropolis.
US Open organizers introduced again on Aug. 27 that “America the Lovely” and “Raise Each Voice and Sing” can be carried out earlier than the lads’s singles championship. “America the Lovely” was additionally introduced for the ladies’s singles championship.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” was solely introduced for the opening night time. Pranysqa Mishra, a gifted 9-year-old singer who has carried out at varied different sporting occasions, sang the nationwide anthem on the primary night time.
Cecile McLorin Salvant carried out “America the Lovely” on Saturday night time because the American flag was unfurled throughout the courtroom at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Will Liverman carried out the tune on Sunday night time together with “Raise Each Voice and Sing.”
US Open followers both watching Djokovic and Medvedev face off on TV or on the stadium seemed to be perplexed “The Star-Spanged Banner” was not carried out earlier than the match.
“Ahhh… the irony of refusing to permit our nationwide anthem … on the *US* Open,” former ESPN anchor Sage Steele wrote on X. “I stay hopeful that we will get again to really appreciating the greatness of America, however man…that is unhappy.”
Others on social media questioned what the deal was as nicely. Some seemed to be upset that “Raise Each Voice and Sing” was carried out as nicely. The tune is called the Black nationwide anthem and has come underneath fireplace over the previous few years as nicely.
America Tennis Affiliation didn’t reply to a request for remark from Fox Information Digital.
The nationwide anthem appeared to have been carried out on the primary night time of the US Open for the previous few years. “God Bless America” has additionally been carried out over the course of the event.
In 2021, Micaela Bryan sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” earlier than a girls’s singles quarterfinal match whereas Daphne Rubin-Vega carried out it on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terror assaults.