WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.,July 24, 2013–The USTA announced today that chart-topping singer Ariana Grande, rising star Austin Mahone, spirited-teen sensation Coco Jones, breakout UK band Lawson and Swedish DJ duo Cazzette will team up with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, reigning US Open champion Serena Williams, the greatest tennis player of all-time Roger Federer and World #1 Wheelchair Tennis Champion David Wagner at the18thAnnual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by HessSaturday, August 24at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.Thepopular full-day tennis and music festival for both children and adultsfeatures interactive games, musical entertainment and tennis activities. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess will kick off the 2013 US Open, which runs fromAugust 26 – September 9.
From9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., kids and their families can enjoy an exciting schedule of free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the USTA BillieJean King National Tennis Center. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium from1 p.m. – 3 p.m., the live tennis and music show will feature fun exhibition matches and skill competitions with Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and David Wagner along with musical performances by Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony, Coco Jones, Lawson and Cazzette. USTA 10 and Under Tennis Spokesperson, Nickelodeon’s Jeff Sutphen, will also take part in the action.Additional talent will be announced in the coming weeks.
Stadium show tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX),www.usopen.organd 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 $20. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day will be broadcast nationally byCBS onSunday, August 25, from12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m (ET). Kids 12-and-under with stadiumshow tickets will receive a free Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day hat from the USTA and Hess on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess has grown into the largest single-day, grass-roots tennis and entertainment event in the world,”said Dave Haggerty, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “AAKD kicks off the US Openwith the hottest musical acts of summer and some of the world’s best tennis players, all coming together to celebrate the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.”
Over the years, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Dayhas featured many of music’s biggest acts including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, The Wanted, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sean Kingston, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Gavin DeGraw, Jessica Simpson, Backstreet Boys, Cody Simpson and Hanson.
Featured in this year’s line-up from Island Records:
Lawson– After racking up 5 top ten hits in their native U.K., Lawson are coming to America! The London-based four-piece consists of Andy Brown, Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat and Adam Pitts and anticipation is building ahead of their debut U.S. album “Chapman Square” which reached number 4 on the British charts. Lawson have cut their teeth as a band opening up for the likes of Avril Lavigne, Jessie J and Bruce Springsteen on tour. Unsigned at the time, these shows marked a turn in fortunes for the band culminating in sold out performances at London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, the band signed with Polydor Ltd. (UK) and four years after forming, Lawson had lift-off. Connecting with fans online, the boys have already built a massive fan base stateside, selling out shows in both New York and LA at the top of the year. Their first single “Learn To Love Again” goes to U.S. radio next month. For this ambitious quartet, “Chapman Square” is just the beginning and big success looms. The future is looking decidedly Lawson-flavored.
Cazzette– From the house that brought you Avicii, comes Cazzette. The Swedish DJ duo is currently tearing up clubs worldwide with “Beam Me Up,” a club banger with a hard-charging kick drum, an epic vocal track and dub bass drops designed to get the party going. Cazzette, aka Alexander Björklund and Sebastian Furrer, incorporate a variety of sounds into their dub house tracks, including aspects of trance, hip-hop and funk. They’ve been on the rise since making a huge splash in 2011 with their official remix of Avicii’s “Sweet Dreams.” Since then, they’ve become the only group to have ever played the Ultra Music Festival’s headline stage three times in two years. Since launching their EJECT project on Spotify, Cazzette has toppedBillboard’s dance charts and garnered a combined 8 million views on Vevo/YouTube. With an album coming on PRMD, through Island Def Jam Music Group, Cazzette is poised to become a major force in electronic music.
The Grounds Festival offers a wide range of interactive activities as well as a chance for children of all ages to test their skills, hit with top tennis pros, win prizes and enjoy music:
1.Hess Express Stage –The Grounds Festival’s free concert featuring up-and-coming musical talent including pop/R&B groupLucki Gurlz, Atlantic Records artistTrevor Jackson, Disney Channel’sShake It Up!starKenton Duty, New York’s ownCityKidsand “Summer Forever” songstressMegan Nicole!Additional acts to be confirmed.
2.YouthTennis.com– Learn real tennis and have fun doing it using racquets, balls and courts that are sized right for kids so they enjoy the game right from the start.
3.Hess Express Obstacle Course–Test agility, balance, running and tennis skills on the engaging and challenging obstacle course.
4.From Nickelodeon– Live appearances by characters from your favorite Nickelodeon shows.
5.Nike Tennis SPARQChallenge–Tennis and skill activities on two courts featuring Nike sponsored athletes.
6.USTA Serves/Aetna Tennis Skills–Activity stations for very young kids or special populations. Stations include rolling balls with racquets and bouncing Koosh balls.
7.Esurance Champions of the Court –Exciting doubles play for all levels. Which team will win Champions of the Court?
8.Hess Target Time– Intermediate and advanced-level kids can test their skills hitting targets.
9.Xerox Beat the Pro– Challenge the best playing points against some of the top touring and teaching pros in the world.
10.IBM Speedzone– Just like the pros, utilize IBM’s speed serve technology to test the power behind your shot.
11.PTR 10 and Under Tennis–Hit with PTR-certified pros on mini-courts at full speed and with complete strokes using a special restricted flight foam ball.
12.USPTA 10 and Under Tennis–USPTA-certified teaching professionals host this court consisting of 30 colorfulhitting stationsusing a variety of teaching aids.
1.Also –Watch the Pros Practice, Player Autographs, Juggling Workshop, Face-Painting, Hair Beading and Braiding, Storytelling, Roving Entertainers and more.
Each year,Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hessbrings together the biggest names in tennis and entertainment to honor Arthur Ashe’s memory and benefit a worthy cause. The proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day help support USTA Serves, the USTA’s national charitable foundation, and the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network.NJTLwas founded by Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder and is 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.
For more information on the event, log on towww.aakd.com,“like” the officialFacebook page, follow@AAKidsDayon Twitter and Instagram.In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders should log on towww.aakd.comfor the most up-to-date information.
The 2012 US Open drew more than 700,000 fans, maintaining its position as the highest attended annual sporting event in the world.Television viewership of the three-set women’s singles final featuring Serena Williams defeating Victoria Azarenka on CBS Sports was the highest since 2002, with 17.7 million viewers watching all or part of the match. The men’s five-set thriller where Andy Murray captured his first Grand Slam victory by defeating Novak Djokovic was seen by 16.2 million viewers on CBS Sports, the most viewers to watch a men’s singles final since 2007. The 2012 US Open was broadcast in 180 countries around the world and aired on CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel in the U.S.JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the presenting sponsor of the US Open women’s singles championship. Mercedes-Benz USA is thepresenting sponsor of the US Open men’s singles championship.
The 2013 US Open will be heldMonday, August 26 through Monday, September 9. Tickets for the 2013 US Open can be purchased four ways: 1) at USOpen.org; 2) by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; 3) at all Ticketmaster outlets; or 4) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office.American Express is the Official Card of the US Open.
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The USTAis the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 90-plus Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. TheUSTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on tousta.com, “like” the official Facebook pageor follow on Twitter.