About Arthur Ashe Kids' Day and Arthur Ashe

Ashe won the 1968 US Open men's singles title.
Arthur Ashe was inducted into the Court of Champions in 2009.
A statue was erected in Ashe's honor at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess is the largest single-day, grassroots tennis and entertainment event in the world, with chart-topping performers, celebrities and some of the best tennis players in the game coming together to celebrate the life and values of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe. The event takes place the Saturday before the US Open.
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day features a ticketed Stadium Show and concert inside Arthur Ashe Stadium preceded by a free Grounds Festival on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Among those who have performed at the Ashe Kids’ Day on their way to stardom are Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, Hunter Hayes, The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Hanson, among many others.

A "Who’s Who?" of the tennis world has given back to the game during this fun-filled afternoon, including Andre Agassi, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Venus Williams. They’ve been joined by celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Nick Cannon, John Cena, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell Tony Hawk, Randy Jackson, Matthew Morrison, and Kenan Thompson, along with First Lady Michelle Obama.
The free Grounds Festival offers interactive games, music and tennis activities for all ages so that kids and their families can enjoy the health and fitness benefits of tennis. Families can test their skills, watch top tennis pros and have a chance to win prizes. The Grounds Festival also features a free concert with exciting up-and-coming talent on the Hess Festival Stage.
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 500 nonprofit youth-development organizations that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life-skills programming to more than 225,000 children each year, founded 47 years ago by Arthur Ashe, along with Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder.
For more information on Arthur Ashe and his legacy, please visit the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at www.arthurashe.org.

Arthur Ashe was born on July 10, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia and is remembered for his excellence as a tennis player as well as his efforts to further social causes. He remains the only African American player ever to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, the Australian Open or the US Open. His legacy continues to have a positive effect on our society.
  • 1963 First African American player named to the US Davis Cup Team. 1963-1970, 1975, 1976 and 1978
  • 1968 US Open Men’s Champion
  • 1969 Co-founded the NJTL (National Junior Tennis League). He envisioned NJTL "as a way to gain and hold the attention of young people in the inner cities and other poor environments so that we can teach them about matters more important than tennis."
  • 1970 Australian Open Men’s Champion
  • 1975 Wimbledon Men’s Champion
  • 2009 NJTL celebrates its 40th Anniversary and changes its name to the National Junior Tennis and Learning Network, recognizing the impact the organization has had on economically diverse audiences throughout the country through tennis and education
  • 2009 US Open Court of Champions Inductee
  • Joined U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, and rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant.
  • Key figure behind the formation of the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals).
  • Captain of the U.S. Davis Cup Team from 1981 through 1985 (the U.S. won the Davis Cup in 1981 and 1982).
  • Member of a delegation of 31 prominent African Americans who visited South Africa to observe political change in the country as it approached racial integration and the end of apartheid.
  • Founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS to raise money to prevent, treat, and cure AIDS, with an end goal of eradicating the disease. For more information on Arthur Ashe and his legacy, please visit the Arthur Ashe Learning Center and arthurashe.org.
  • Elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.


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