U.S. Open Kicks Off With Naomi Osaka's Fresh Start

Aug 31, 2021
Originally published on August 31, 2021 11:51 am

The U.S. Open is underway with plenty of fans and without a few key players.

Lines were massive for ticket holders, who were required to provide proof they had been vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, N.Y. Fans were barred from the tournament last year because of the pandemic.

But former champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams are not playing this year because of injuries. (Sporting News has a list of the top absences.)

One celebrity who is back and in the spotlight: Naomi Osaka. She was off to a good start yesterday following a public pledge to "try to celebrate myself and my accomplishments more, I think we all should."

Former U.S. Open champion Andy Murray was off to a rockier start, losing to No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and blasting Tsitsipas' extended bathroom breaks during the match.

"It's just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match," Murray said. "I think he's great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him."

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