British US Open doubles finalists Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

British US Open doubles finalists Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski wear black armband and ribbon to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II ahead of their final at Arthur Ashe

  • Joe Salisbury wore a black armband as a mark of respect following Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday
  • Salisbury’s British rival Neal Skupski wore a black armband in tribute
  • The US Open also observed a minute’s silence on Thursday after the Queen’s death was announced to the world

British US Open doubles finalists Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski received the Arthur Ashe Black Armband and Black Ribbon after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Salisbury wore a black armband as he made his way to court early Friday afternoon in New York while compatriot and rival Skupski wore a black armband.

Salisbury and his doubles partner Rajeev Ram posed for the customary photo in the net with Skupski and partner Wesley Koolhof and the tributes from the Brits appeared.

British US Open doubles finalists Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

British US Open doubles finalists Joe Salisbury (front) and Neal Skupski (back) wore a tribute as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II after her death

Salisbury (left) wore a black armband and Skupski (right) had a black ribbon on his shirt

Salisbury (left) wore a black armband and Skupski (right) had a black ribbon on his shirt

Friday’s match represented a rare event for British athletes with the vast majority of sporting events canceled as a mark of respect for the Queen.

It was Salisbury and Rahm who emerged victorious, emerging as three-time major champions with a 7-6, 7-5 triumph.

The Premier League has canceled its matches scheduled for the weekend.

DP World Tour golf at Wentworth was halted on Thursday as news of her death broke. The tournament will continue on Saturday and will be reduced to 54 holes.

The US Open itself paid tribute on Friday night before the women’s semi-final.

Skupski (left) and partner Wesley Koolhof (second left) pose for the customary pre-match photo alongside Salisbury (right) and doubles partner Rajeev Ram (second right)

Skupski (left) and partner Wesley Koolhof (second left) pose for the customary pre-match photo alongside Salisbury (right) and doubles partner Rajeev Ram (second right)

A minute’s silence was observed before the start of Ons Jabeur’s match against Caroline Garcia.

Elsewhere in the United States, the NFL honored her before the season opener in Los Angeles between the Rams and Buffalo Bills.

Likewise, the New York Yankees observed a moment of silence for the Queen in the Bronx before Thursday night’s game.

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