15th annual arthur ashe essay contest under way



Athur Ashe Essay Contest 2013

The 2013 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest, run by the USTA and their National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) arm, is now under way. Contest participants are asked to answer the following question: “If you could follow in Arthur Ashe’s footsteps and ‘give back’ to tennis, what would you do to give back to the game, and how would it impact others?” The winners will receive a trip to New York City around the time of the U.S. Open.

Details: 2013 Arthur Ashe Essay Contest

(Photo Credit: Ashe Wikipedia)

aakd backstage: hanging out with the jonas brothers…



…or at least their guitars.

(photo by TSF)

arthur ashe kids day



We haven’t seen the official attendance numbers for this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids day but judging from what we saw peeking into the stadium, it looked pretty well attended. Players did their part to promote the sport to the young ‘uns, including Kim Clijsters, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak DJokovic, Andy Roddick, Melanie Oudin. Non-tennistas showed up as well: Lindsey Vonn, Demi Lovato, and the Jonas Brothers, among others.

In the trenches: Check out DtL’s post from the day’s event.

While we’re all about this event, the parents need to figure their s**t out before next year. Don’t park your strollers in the middle of a busy pathway. Don’t let your kids run around the bleachers in the middle of matches. (There are plenty of open spaces in the 42 acres of the grounds for them to spazz out in.) And please, as much as you can help it, wait until the changeover before you enter/leave a match.

(photo by TSF)

it must be summer time!



We’ve just received word that Andy Roddick will be participating in this year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, to be held on August 29, 2009. As you know, the annual event kicks off the U.S Open. American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks and comedian Will Ferrell will also be performing and participating at the full-day tennis and music festival. (Other talent include “rising stars” Honor Society and Justin Bieber.)

On the ‘tube: The event will be broadcast on Sunday, August 30 at 12pm EST on CBS. For more information and tickets click here.