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Serena Williams Match Brings Russell Wilson, Ciara and Others to US Open


Serena Williams continues to draw celebrities and politicians to her U.S. Open matches. In attendance Friday:the N.F.L. quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, the singer Ciara; the rapper Pusha T; the actress Heidi Gardner; and the previous Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia. Williams is facing Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia.

Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue magazine, was spotted for the fourth time this week in Williams’s player box. (Wintour was also present for Williams’s doubles match along with her sister Venus Williams on Thursday evening; the sisters lost in straight sets.) Serena Williams has described Wintour as a longtime friend, and it was in Vogue that Williams announced she can be “evolving away from tennis.”

Wintour wasn’t the one big name who has felt a magnetic pull to Arthur Ashe Stadium all week. Each the designer Vera Wang and the filmmaker Spike Lee were back within the stands on Friday night, too.

Other celebrities who’ve come out to indicate their support this week include Tiger Woods; the singers Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and Seal; the actors Anthony Anderson, Zendaya, La La Anthony and Rebel Wilson; the models Bella and Gigi Hadid; the Jeopardy winner Amy Schneider; the previous N.B.A. players Jason Collins and Steve Nash; and the comedian Chelsea Handler.

Williams has kept away from being overtly political during her profession, most recently deciding against commenting on the overturn of Roe V. Wade, but quite a few politicians have been spotted at her matches, including former President Bill Clinton, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams.

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