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Kids’ Day to heat up Tennis Center

Rising star singer/songwriters Demi Lovato, Colby O’Donis and Menudo will team with tennis superstars Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Ana Ivanovic, Novak Djokovic and more for the 13th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess. The popular full-day tennis and music festival for children and families — including interactive games, musical entertainment, and tennis clinics — will be hosted by MTV’s Susie Castillo and Nickelodeon’s Quddus.

The festivities are set for Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The full-day tennis and music festival kicks off the 2008 US Open, which runs from August 25 - September 7.

From 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. kids and families can experience an exciting schedule of interactive tennis games, music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Then from 2 p.m.-4 p.m., a live tennis and music stadium show will be hosted by Susie Castillo and Quddus with performances by Demi Lovato, Colby O’Donis, Menudo and more.

For the stadium show, tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), 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 $20. Activities for the Grounds Festival begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m.

The Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day stadium show starts at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally by CBS on Sunday, August 24, from 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Kids 12-and-under with stadium show tickets will receive a free Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day hat from the USTA and Hess on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event inclement weather, ticket holders can log on to usopen.org for the most up to date information.

Tennis pros and special musical guests Menudo, Long Island natives Push Play and Brooklyn’s The Soul Tigers Marching Band will headline the grounds festivities, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. All the hot music on the Hess “Get Pumped Up” Stage will be hosted by popular radio personality Shelley Wade from Z100.

Over the years, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day has featured many of music’s biggest acts including Jonas Brothers, Rihanna, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Ne-Yo, Cheyenne, The Cheetah Girls, Mario, 98 Degrees, Jesse McCartney, Bow Wow and Vanessa Carlton.

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