The annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park was rated a hit with youngsters on Saturday.
The event brought together kids from across the city, well-known performers and tennis stars to entertain and interact. Youngsters got tips on tennis technique and performances from such fan favorites as the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Shonetelle and David Archuleta.
— Liz Rhoades
Top left: Janina La tries her hand at hitting a ball during practice time at Kids’ Day.
Top right: Defending U.S. Open Women’s champ Kim Clijsters, left, with wheelchair tennis champ Esther Vergreer, host Quddus, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are introduced during the program.
Middle left: The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato entertained their fans during a concert at Kids’ Day.
Middle center: Kyle Harley tries out a giant tennis racket with his mom, Elizabeth, during play time.
Middle right: Julia and Mark Cipollini show their love for Kids’ Day.
Bottom left: Prior to Kids’ Day, Clijsters gets ready to throw out the first pitch at nearby Citi Field when the Mets played the Houston Astros on Friday.
Bottom right: And yet another version of giant tennis is offered for youngsters in Flushing Meadows.