Arthur Ashe Kids Day Serves Up Endless Fun

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The end of August is almost here, which means that the countdown to the 2012 US Open is underway. But before tennis pros take to the court on August 27th, your little tennis fans can meet the athletes, check out cool up-and-coming musical performances, and even take a lesson to sharpen their tennis skills. It’s all part of the 2012 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day happening on August 25th. Here are a few can’t-miss activities at this all day event that will encourage tennis fans of all ages to pick up their racquets and cheer for the pros at the US Open.

Games & Activities
For those little ones who aren’t quite big enough to pick up a racquet, or would rather meet their favorite TV characters, the Tennis Carnival is the place to be. Kids can take to the tennis courts on Mario Tennis, get their face painted, learn to juggle, and hear stories from Nickelodeon characters like Spongebob and Dora and Diego. All games and activities are free!

Lessons & Skills Clinics
Got a future Serena Williams or Roger Federer in your household? Help them perfect their game with tennis skills and activities hosted by Nike athletes on courts 4 &5. Once they’ve warmed up with hitting drills and swings, head over to courts 8 & 9 to check out the competition at the kid-sized courts at the 10 & Under tennis matches.

If your little tennis fans are feeling confident, they can even play against the pros at the Xerox Beat the Pro event on court 13 or see how fast they can serve over at the IBM Speedzone on court 14.

For those little ones still getting a handle on their racquet, check out the USTA Serves/Aetna Tennis Skills on court 6, where even the littlest kids can play with koush balls and practice racquets. Then practice hitting, swings, and other basics at the USPTA Little Tennis station over and court 16. In no time, your kids will be feeling like pros.

Tennis Tunes
After the pros have warmed up, it’s time for some musical performances from kid-friendly artists like Caroline Sunshine, Ahsan, Love Jones Girlz, and Megan and Liz. Check out the complete lineup performing on the Hess Express Stage here.

But the music doesn’t stop there, the mainstage show is slated to feature Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City, The Wanted, Jordin Sparks, and more. These tickets will sell out, so be sure to snag some before it’s too late. Concert tickets cost between $10-$40.

Watch the Pros
The highlight of the day for tennis fans of all ages (besides the music of course) are the pro warmup matches. Watch tennis superstars like Kim Clijster, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Mardy Fish, John Isner and more prepare for their opening matches in Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand, and court 17. Be on the lookout for other tennis pros throughout the day and be sure to snag a few autographs.

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day
August 25 9:30am – 3:00pm.
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Kennedy Circle at New York Ave,
Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens

The US Open official kicks off August 27th, so make sure to show up or tune in and catch all the exciting action this year!

How does your family celebrate the US Open? Share your thoughts and favorite tennis moments in a comment below.

— Scott Wardell

photo credit: Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day facebook page