If you are an American tennis-lover, you've likely known that Labor Day is dedicated to watching the US Open in Flushing Queens. I've been to the event a few times and it's awesome. This year will be a little different, and we're staying up to date on the event and family opportunities.
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Information about the 2022 US Open
This year the US Open will take place from August 29th to September 11th, 2022. This year the event fans are welcome back to the stadium and tickets are on sale.
The United States Open Tennis Championships harkens back to 1881 is a hard court tennis tournament and part of tennis' Grand Slam.
Get more details about the event and purchase tickets here www.usopen.org
Kids Day at the US Open
Mark your calendar for Aug. 27th. A cornerstone event of US Open Fan Week since 1997, Arthur Ashe Kids' Day powered by Net Generation is back!
From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. your family can enjoy a fun-filled, full day of free activities for fans of all ages. The first 1,000 kids through the gates will get a free Wilson tennis racquet.*
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is traditionally held on the Saturday of Fan Week. Activities include tennis on 14 courts, and a wide range of interactive activities for children of all ages and skill levels organized by Net Generation.
Tennis games aren't all that goes on around the grounds on this busy day. Kids can have their fun off the court with face-painting and airbrush tattoos, a juggling workshop, hair beading and braiding, and storytelling stations. Balloon artists and other roving entertainers will also be thrilling attendees with their talents.
Singer-songwriter Em Beihold will perform on the AAKD Center Stage positioned outside Ashe in the South Plaza.
What to Wear
To participate in interactive games, kids must wear sneakers or may be asked to remove their shoes. Those with special needs are welcome on all courts. Court times for all activities will vary throughout the day.
After getting their fill on and off the court, inspiration will surely strike further when kids watch their favorite ATP and WTA players practice. With the start of the year's final Grand Slam just two days away when the gates open, pros will be training throughout the day in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium and Grandstand, as well as on Court 17 and Practice Courts 1-5.
About Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe firmly believed that tennis had the ability to teach life skills. All kids needed, he said, was a chance. To give them that, Ashe, along with longtime friends Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder, founded the National Junior Tennis League in 1969. It was created as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people, with the hope of teaching them the importance of character, getting an education and becoming productive citizens.
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Net Generation, official youth tennis of the USTA, is a celebration of a game where no one sits on the sidelines. It's easy to learn and tailored for all ages and abilities, giving kids a game that will help them build friendships and learn skills they'll use for life.
Ballperson Tryouts for US Open 2022
NOTE: Applications will close on Sunday, June 5 at 5 p.m. and successful candidates will be contacted shortly after.
The US Open team will be selecting a designated number from the applications to attend an in-person tryout.
NOTE: All Ball Crew members are responsible for their own accommodation and travel.
To be considered for selection you must:
- Be at least 14 years of age by July 1, 2022 (If selected and under the age of 18, valid NYS working papers are required)
- Be available for tryouts the week of June 13th, 2022 and available during the US Open Qualifying and Main Draw tournaments August 23 - September 11.
Safety Protocols and proof of vaccine required, may include COVID-19 testing and booster requirement.
Have a resume and cover letter
Benefits of being a US Open Ball Person:
- Having an amazing summer job
- Each Ball Person will be paid an hourly wage and a normal day is approximately 8 hours, which includes a meal break
- Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms are supplied and can be kept at the conclusion of the event
- being part of a unique team
- sharing the court with the world's best tennis players
Normally, 80 kids will get an awesome summer job from this program.
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Momtrends was not paid for this post. *Restrictions apply. One racquet per voucher per child under 18. Racquet sizes are 19"-25", primarily suitable for kids 10-and-under.