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The US Open has been accused of pushing an ‘agenda’ against Novak Djokovic after fans were left outraged by a promotional poster for the event. The Serb will go up against Alexandre Muller in the first round at Flushing Meadows and is up there with Carlos Alcaraz as one of the favourites to win the entire tournament.
Djokovic already has three US Open titles but some fans have accused event bosses of disrespecting him upon his long-awaited return to New York. A promotional poster has caused no shortage of controversy on social media, with many of Djokovic’s followers unhappy with the way their man was presented.
The poster was shared by the official US Open account on X, formerly Twitter, although it has since been deleted after sparking a huge backlash from Djokovic supporters. The man from Belgrade was featured in the poster alongside a number of other top-ranked players, including Venus Williams, Aryna Sabalenka, Daniil Medvedev, Andy Murray and several wheelchair tennis stars.
However, the reigning champions were given pride of place in the poster, with the pictures of Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek much larger than anybody else. Djokovic’s smaller likeness angered many of his fans in the replies, with @iPkoppula posting: “Do you guys always do this on purpose? That is a disrespectful image to Djokovic.”
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@Que_Mes8 added: “What a ridiculous poster by US Open. It took me a while until I could find Djokovic.” @BarryAruba, meanwhile, said: “Novak, Murray, Venus – all much smaller than lil’ crampion Alcaraz… Could there be some sort of agenda here?”
@coisinha59 was left particularly upset by the poster as she wrote: “A lot of ‘mistakes’ in this poster. First one, Novak Djokovic, so small, the same size than Ruud; Sabalenka, smaller than Venus Williams… I could go on but I’m tired of disrespectful stuff like this.”
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Djokovic’s first-round meeting with Muller will mark his first match at the US Open for two years, given that he was banned from entering the country in 2021 and 2022 due to his vaccination status. He revealed over the weekend that he was delighted to be back at Flushing Meadows, with the 36-year-old finally able to leave the past behind.
“There was no anger, it was last year during the Open that I felt it’s a pity that I’m not there,” said Djokovic. “I felt sad for not being able to participate, but this year, I mean, is this year. I don’t think about what happened in the last year or last couple of years, just focusing my attention to this year’s tournament.”
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