The weather was perfect Saturday as hundreds of youngsters enjoyed a free day of interactive tennis and drills, while others paid to ooh and aaah over boy bands and other performers at the afternoon concert during Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park.
Tennis instruction led off the morning sessions. There was an obtacle course, co-ed relay races and more. For diversions, there were clowns, balloon-figure makers and a giant portable tennis court led by stiltwalkers.
The afternoon concert featured boy bands The Wanted and Mindless Behavior as well as pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
Kids’ Day precedes the U.S. Open, which began on Monday. The event honors the memory of legend Ashe, who had a mission of using tennis as a means to instill younsters with the values of humanitarianism, leadership and academic excellence.
— by Liz Rhoades
Youngsters practice handling a ball and tennis racquet during a morning session.
An obstacle course helps kids with balance and maneuverability.
Boy band The Wanted performed at the afternoon concert.
Singing sensation Carly Rae Jepsen tries her hand at playing.
A giant tennis racket and stiltwalkers make for some fun.
Mindless Behavior performed at the afternoon concert.
Jayden Thomas, 2, gets ready for fun on the courts.