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It’s the world’s largest single-day tennis-and-entertainment event, and past participants have included first lady Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande and Serena Williams.

The star-studded 2017 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day (AAKD) will unfold over more than six hours at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday, Aug. 26. Disney Channel singer-actress Sofia Carson and singer-songwriter Alex Aiono will co-host this 21st annual extravaganza, while global pop sensations Jack & Jack and British boy band New Hope Club are among the scheduled performers.

And just before this post was published, last year’s U.S. Open women’s division winner, Angelique Kerber, confirmed her attendance. She’ll join former men’s champ Roger Federer, who will make his tenth appearance, and other professional players.

The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with interactive activities (i.e. Emirates Airline Beat the Pro, Get Fit and Play, IBM Speedzone, Hair Beading and Braiding, Storytelling, and U.S. Open American Express Fan Experience) and a concert with Skylar Stecker, Spencer Sutherland, Aja9, Summer Valentine and Saving Forever on Radio Disney’s AAKD Festival Stage.

At about the same time, professional tennis players will practice at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, the second largest arena on the grounds, the Grandstand, Court 17 and Practice Courts 1-6.

Then from 1 to 3 p.m., Federer and friends will demonstrate their talents during skills challenges and some exhibition games. Carson and Aiono might show off their strokes at this time, too, but they will also sing.

Ashe, who retired in 1980 and died in 1993, grew up in segregated Richmond, Virginia, and became the only African-American male to win titles at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. AAKD honors his pioneering legacy as an athlete who broke racial barriers and a humanitarian who spearheaded social justice issues. It is also a launching pad for music careers with former performers including Brittany Spears, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Backstreet Boys and Flo Rida. Plus, Nick Cannon, Ellen DeGeneres and Will Ferrell have participated.

The activities from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. are free. Tickets for the 1 p.m. show run from $8.05 to $287.50. The proceeds benefit the USTA Foundation, a supporter of the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network, which Ashe co-founded 48 years ago.

AAKD is the unofficial kick-off for the U.S. Open, a Grand Slam tennis tournament which will run in Queens from Aug. 28 through Sept. 10 this year.

All images courtesy of USTA/AAKD


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