The Saturday before the US Open begins is set aside for youngsters and this year was no exception.
The day-long Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day began with hands-on tennis instructions, supplemented by face painters, stilt walkers and animal balloon makers.
In the afternoon the older kids rocked out to a paid concert inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Performing were Hunter Hayes, Shawn Mendes, MKTO, McClain, The Vamps and Madison Beer. With them was DJ Salerno and celebrity trainer Shaun T.
The two-week US Open began Monday and continues for two weeks at Flushing Meadows Park.
— Liz Rhoades
Top-seeded men’s player Novak Djokovic, right, rocks out with celebrity trainer Shaun T.
Learning early the tools of the game, above, are Carmelle Angelie, 5, center, and Vivi Munks, 5.
Twins Eric and Kevin Zhu, 7, look like they’re from outer space after getting faces painted.
Teen heartthrob Hunter Hayes belts out a song to the crowd.
Youngsters play tennis with stiltwalkers and a giant ball. Sydnee Rerrie, 4, below, gets a lesson on the tennis racket.
Madison Beer, above, was a crowd pleaser at the event.
The McClain sisters shake things up at the Kids’ Day program.
Sydnee Rerrie, 4, gets a lesson on the tennis racket.