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“The Star-Spangled Banner” missing from US Open final

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“The Star-Spangled Banner” missing from US Open final

The US Open men’s and women’s singles finals do not appear to feature “The Star-Spangled Banner” this weekend, as Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff won the titles in their categories.

Gauff defeated Aryna Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the first Grand Slam title of her career. Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3. However, before the matches began, the American national anthem was absent at the tournament held at Flushing Meadows in New York.

US Open organizers announced on August 27 that “America the Beautiful” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” would be performed before the men’s singles championship. “America the Beautiful” was also announced for the women’s singles championship.

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Display of flags during the US Open

A large American flag is unfurled on the court as American baritone Will Liverman performs “America The Beautiful” before the men’s singles final match between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev on day fourteen of the 2023 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis. Center on September 10, 2023 in the Flushing neighborhood in the Queens borough of New York. (Elsa/Getty Images)

“The Star-Spangled Banner” was only announced for opening night. Pranysqa Mishra, a talented 9-year-old singer who has performed at various other sporting events, sang the national anthem on the first night.

Cécile McLorin Salvant performed “America the Beautiful” Saturday night as the American flag was unfurled on the field at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Will Liverman performed the song Sunday night with “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

US Open fans watching Djokovic and Medvedev face off on television or at the stadium seemed perplexed. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was not played before the match.

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Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka take care of it

An American flag is flown during the opening ceremony of the final match of the US Open women’s singles tennis tournament between Coco Gauff and Aryna Sabalenka at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, on September 9, 2023. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

“Ahhh…the irony of refusing to allow our national anthem…at the *US* Open,” former ESPN anchor Sage Steele wrote on X. “I remain hopeful that we We can truly appreciate the greatness of America again, but man… it’s sad.”

Others on social media also wondered what the deal was. Some seemed upset that “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was also performed. The song is known as the national anthem for black people and has also been criticized in recent years.

The United States Tennis Association did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

The national anthem appears to have been played on the first night of the US Open in recent years. “God Bless America” ​​was also performed during the tournament.

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Tomas Berdych serves the ball to Ryan Harrison during their 2017 US Open men’s singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 30, 2017. (JOYAU SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

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In 2021, Micaela Bryan sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a women’s singles quarterfinal match while Daphne Rubin-Vega performed it on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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