At the Stadium Show within Arthur Ashe Stadium, up-and-coming artists such as Saving Forever, Jack & Jack, Why Don’t We, Alex Aiono, New Hope Club and Sofia Carson hit the stage to adoring fans. Tennis greats like Venus Williams made appearances and spoke about their experiences at the US Open.
Those who didn’t get a chance to check out the Stadium Show were still treated to music on the AAKD Festival Stage just outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Festival Stage show featured artists like Spencer Sunderland, Skylar Stecker, Sky Katz, Aja9 and Summer Valentine.
This year’s AAKD was special because of the launch of Net Generation, the USTA’s new approach to inspire the next generation of tennis players. Kids aged 5 to 18 years old will learn more about the sport, and their own unique abilities, through this innovative program.
Thousands of families explored the free Grounds Festival which include activities like Net Generation tennis, adidas creators court, IBM Speedzone, Emirates Airline Beat the Pro, juggling workshop, face painting, cardio tennis, hair beading, storytelling, balloon artists and Wilson Stars Court.
“Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is a fantastic way to pay tribute to Arthur Ashe,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “We’re thrilled to launch Net Generation––the largest youth initiative in the sports history––at this incredible event.”