The USTA announced 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 Presented by Hess Saturday, August 23 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Singer and actress China Anne McClain (Sing Your Face Off, A.N.T. Farm) and Jeff Sutphen (Figure It Out, BrainSurge), will co-host the show with a special guest appearance by popular fitness trainer and choreographer, Shaun T. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess will kick off the 2014 US Open, which runs from August 25 – September 8, 2014.
From 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., kids and their families can enjoy an exciting array of free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., the live tennis and music show will feature fun exhibition matches and skills competitions with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as well as musical performances by Hunter Hayes, MKTO, McCLAIN, The Vamps and Madison Beer and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day house DJ Salerno. Additional talent will be announced in the coming weeks.
Stadium show tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), www.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, August 24, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m (ET).
“Not only is Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess a fantastic way to kick off the US Open, but it’s also a great time to encourage youth to be active, play tennis and develop healthy habits, “ said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “This annual event continues to bring the entire family together for a fun-filled day of sports and entertainment.”
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.
This year’s lineup will feature:
Hunter Hayes – Four-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes is a Louisiana-born, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who roared onto the music scene in 2011 with his Platinum-selling, No. 1 self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records. With three No. 1 singles already under his belt (including the multi-Platinum smash “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and “I Want Crazy”), Hayes delves into deeper material on his new album, Storyline. The emotional lead single “Invisible” resonates with fans across the globe and new single “Tattoo” is already warming up the airwaves at Country radio. Hayes is currently headlining shows across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.hunterhayes.com.
MKTO – The guys of MKTO, comprised of Tony Oller (22) and Malcolm Kelly (21) instantly became best friends when they met on the set of Teen Nick’s Gigantic in 2010. In-between takes, however, the duo couldn’t stop talking about one thing, making music. They linked with Eman and Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, Rihanna) who inked them a deal to Columbia Records and began executive producing their self-titled debut album. MKTO have seen international success with top 10 singles in the US, Australia and New Zealand, building a loyal fanbase and amassing over 2.2 million in record sales worldwide. MKTO includes the band’s anthemic debut single “Thank You,” and the platinum-selling soulful/pop single “Classic” which recently hit #14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video has amassed over 22 million views on YouTube/VEVO. MKTO recently embarked on their first headlining tour, hitting 36 cities with appearances on Live With Kelly and Michael, The View and Good Morning America. In September 2014 they will hit the road with Demi Lovato on her fall arena tour.
McCLAIN – Formerly known as The McClain Sisters, Sierra, Lauryn and China Anne McClain were born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and have grown up in a house filled with music. They formed their singing trio at the tender ages of nine, seven, and five and have since performed at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll and at the Houston Rodeo for over 78,000 people. They’ve appeared on Disney Channel’s hit series A.N.T. Farm and in Tyler Perry’s film Daddy’s Little Girls. McCLAIN opened for Big Time Rush on their “Better with U Tour” and they’ve been featured on the soundtracks for Disney Channel’s Holiday Playlist and Shake It Up: I <3 Dance. Their single “Rise” has over 12 million views on YouTube/VEVO while their current release, “He Loves Me” is chart smash on Radio Disney. Along with their strong sense of spirituality, these singing sisters believe that their love for music, entertainment—and, even more so, each other—can inspire audiences all around the world.
The Vamps – The Vamps are already a sensation in the U.K., with three Top 3 singles, over 80 million views on their YouTube/VEVO channel, slots opening for Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and The Wanted, and a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for “UK Favorite Breakthrough”. Now the British four-piece, nominated this year for a Radio Disney Music Award for “The Freshest-Best New Artist,” are gearing up for Stateside domination. The band (Brad Simpson on vocals, James McVey on guitar, Tristan Evans on drums and Connor Ball on bass) have just released their first U.S. single, “Somebody To You,” featuring Demi Lovato and are currently on tour with Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony. Their debut U.S. EP is due in August on Island Records. “The message of The Vamps is to show people that we are four young musicians who started in a garage and are now having this amazing adventure,” says Connor. “We want everyone who comes to our shows to leave feeling like they had an awesome time!”
Madison Beer – At just 15, Madison Beer has solidified herself as one of the most promising up-and-coming talents in music. Hailing from Long Island, New York, she first gained recognition on YouTube in 2011 and quickly became a viral hit—garnering more than 10 million page views to date. Manager and media mogul Scooter Braun and pop R&B sensation Justin Bieber took notice, signing Madison to a management deal. Her first single, “Melodies”, was released on Island Def Jam in September, 2013 and the video has 7.1 million views to date on VEVO. In June, 2014, Madison released her second single and music video for “Unbreakable”, produced by the team responsible for Demi Lovato’s “Let It Go.” The music video has already generated more than 2 million views on VEVO. Madison currently serves as a Brand Ambassador for Ralph Lauren’s global child literacy initiative and recently launched a social good campaign on Twitter called #Madkindness, encouraging teens to get involved with and create new charitable opportunities in their communities.
DJ Salerno – Salerno is a 17-year-old DJ, EDM producer & guitarist that has performed with some of today's biggest stars in front of thousands of fans across the country. One of the most promising up-and-coming DJs on the electronic dance music scene, he has opened or closed for such giants as Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Danny Avilla. Salerno is currently Reality Dance TV's resident DJ on the nationwide Jam Tour and hosts the weekly EDM radio show RAGE RADIO. He’s fast becoming one of the hottest young DJs on the EDM scene, performing sets in some of the biggest clubs in the world, from Pacha NY to Nokia Theater in L.A. to Confession & Gusto in Aruba. He is also an accomplished guitarist and has toured with Jax, Maddi Jane, IM5 and Coco Jones. He was the Camplified's resident tour DJ in 2011 & 2012 and has performed with Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Ke$ha, Paramore, Girl Talk, Cody Simpson, Miranda Cosgrove and Big Time Rush.
Shaun T – Shaun is a world-renowned health and fitness expert and creator of the bestselling at-home fitness programs INSANITY, Hip Hop Abs and FOCUS T25. He is a native of New Jersey, receiving a BS in Sports Science with a minor in Theater and Dance from Rowan University. He’s shared the stage alongside Val Kilmer in the musical version of The Ten Commandments, appeared in Pippin and Applause as well as Six Feet Under and the feature film Beauty Shop. He’s danced with Mariah Carey, Aaron and Nick Carter, choreographed for the NCAA Final Four Halftime Show and the movie Bring it on: All or Nothing. In creating programs for adults, he recognized the need to fight childhood obesity by developing programs for kids and preteens to get into shape. Shaun’s passion is focused on affecting positive lifestyle changes in people across the world and proving that becoming the best version of yourself is attainable.
Jeff Sutphen – Jeff Sutphen has a great talent for creating shows that engage kids and teens, whether he’s behind the camera or in front of an audience. As host of Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out, Sutphen brought high energy and laughs, challenging celebrities to guess kid contestants’ unique talents and skills. Prior to Figure It Out, Sutphen hosted all three seasons of Nickelodeon’s Emmy-nominated hit BrainSurge, for which he also served as a producer. He hosted the ABC summer game show 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show from the producers of Wipeout and has most recently been appearing at baseball games across the country for Nickelodeon in association with Major League Baseball. Jeff continued his role as co-host of Nickelodeon’s “Orange Carpet” at the Kids’ Choice Awards and he’ll next appear at Nickelodeon’s first ever Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2014.
China Anne McClain – 15-year-old singer and actress China Anne McClain was born in Decatur, Georgia to an artistic family, with a father who’s a music producer and mother who’s a screenwriter. She made her major motion picture debut in the 2005 film The Gospel alongside Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba and went on to land co-starring roles on TBS’s Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and in the Adam Sandler feature franchise Grown Ups. That same year, she was featured on the JONAS L.A. soundtrack singing “Your Biggest Fan” with the Jonas Brothers. In 2011, McClain landed a starring role in the Disney Channel original series A.N.T. Farm and appeared in the in the Wizards of Waverly Place trilogy, Wizards vs. Angels. A member of the pop trio McCLAIN with her sisters Sierra, Lauryn, China Anne has seen chart success while honing her unique musical gift. She recently appeared on the ABC celebrity reality competition show Sing Your Face Off, where she captured first place and also stars in the upcoming Disney Channel original movie How To Build A Better Boy, premiering August 15th.
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:
· Hess Express Stage – The Grounds Festival’s free concert featuring up-and-coming musical talent including hip-hop phenoms The Bomb Digz, “Hip Pop” duo Kalin and Myles, New York’s Impact Rep and recent Billboard “Hot Shot Debut” Shawn Mendes. Additional acts to be confirmed.
· YouthTennis.com (two courts) – Tennis is sized right for kids! With shorter courts, smaller racquets and lower-bouncing balls, the focus is on the fun so kids enjoy the game right from the start.
· Hess Express Obstacle Course – Test agility, balance, running and tennis skills on the engaging and challenging obstacle course.
· Hess Target Time – Intermediate and advanced-level kids can test their skills hitting targets.
· Xerox Beat the Pro – Challenge the best playing points against some of the top touring and teaching pros in the world.
· PTR 10 and Under Tennis – Have some fun with PTR professionals and work on improving your beginning serve, rally and scoring skills.
· USPTA 10 and Under Tennis – USPTA-certified teaching professionals host this court consisting of colorful hitting stations using a variety of teaching aids.
· Nike Tennis – Tennis and skill activities on two courts featuring Nike-sponsored athletes.
· Esurance Champions of the Court – Exciting doubles play for all levels. Which team will win Champions of the Court?
· USTA Foundation Tennis Skills – Innovative, fun, tennis and fitness activities to develop the skills of beginning players of all ages.
· Coca-Cola Get Fit and Play – Challenging tennis courses for varying skill levels focusing on agility, balance, coordination, speed and strength.
· IBM Speedzone – Just like the pros, utilize IBM’s speed serve technology to test the power behind your shot.
· The US Open American Express Fan Experience – Step inside the US Open American Express Fan Experience for even more tennis fun! The Fan Experience is located in the Chase Center near the East Gate.
· Watch the Pros Practice – See tennis’s biggest stars up close as they prepare for the US Open. Public practices are featured on Louis Armstrong Stadium, Grandstand and Court 17. Watch the video boards for schedules.
· From Nickelodeon – Live appearances by SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora and Diego!
· Also – Autographs, Juggling Workshop, Face Painting, Hair Beading and Braiding, Storytelling, Balloon Artists, Roving Entertainers and more.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess is the largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world. Hess has supported the event since 2003. With chart-topping performers, celebrities and professional tennis players, the day helps to promote youth tennis and encourages children of all ages to develop healthy habits through fun activities. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day also celebrates the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe.
Proceeds from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day benefit the USTA Foundation which helps fund the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL), 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, founded 45 years ago by Arthur Ashe, along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder.
For more information on Youth Tennis and Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, log on to www.YouthTennis.com and/or www.AAKD.com. To connect via social media, please “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/ArthurAsheKidsDay and/or follow @AAKidsDay on Twitter. In the event of inclement weather, ticket holders can log on to any of the sites listed above for the most up to date information.
The 2013 US Open surpassed 700,000 attendees for the sixth time, with the final tally of 713,026 ranking fourth-highest US Open attendance in history. The all-time combined session attendance record of 62,794 was set on Sunday, September 1.
In a rematch of the 2012 women’s singles final, television viewership of Serena Williams defeating Victoria Azarenka on CBS Sports was the highest since 2002, with 19.3 million viewers watching all or part of the match. The four-set men’s singles final, where Rafael Nadal captured his second US Open title by defeating Novak Djokovic, was seen by 11.7 million viewers on CBS Sports. The 2013 US Open was broadcast in more than 200 countries around the world and aired on CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel in the U.S.
The 2014 US Open will be held Monday, August 25 through Monday, September 8. Tickets for the 2014 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 USTA is 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. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.