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Kids’ Day singers readied for Aug. 23

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Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 10:30 am

The USTA announced this week that country superstar Hunter Hayes, breakout duo MKTO, girl group McCLAIN, British pop rock band The Vamps, teen sensation Madison Beer and EDM prodigy DJ Salerno will team up with tennis icons Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the 19th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park.

From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., kids and their families can enjoy an array of free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the tennis center.

Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium from 1 to 3 p.m., the live tennis and music show will feature fun exhibition matches and skills competitions with Djokovic and Nadal as well as the musical performances.

Stadium show tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), at usopen.org and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the official card of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

General admission promenade tickets cost $10 and loge tickets are $25. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day will be broadcast nationally by CBS on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Over the years, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day has been a launching ground for many of music’s biggest acts including Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, The Wanted, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cody Simpson, Sean Kingston, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Jessica Simpson, Hanson and Backstreet Boys.

The Grounds Festival offers a wide range of interactive activities and the opportunity for children of all ages to test their skills, hit with top tennis pros, win prizes and enjoy music including hip-hop sensations, The Bomb Digz, “Hip Pop” duo Kalin and Myles, New York’s Impact Rep and recent Billboard “Hot Shot Debut” Shawn Mendes.

Proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day benefit the USTA Foundation which helps fund the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network, a nationwide group of more than 600 nonprofit youth-development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life-skills programming to more than 325,000 children each year.

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