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SecretFangirls.com Interview Ava Max at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Ava Max is on her way to being the next big pop star. She has a knack for crafting catchy, infectious songs you just can’t get out of your head in the best way. Her single “Sweet But Psycho” put her on the map and every track she’s released just makes you want to dance along!

Ava kicked off a busy weekend with a performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, where she sang “So Am I” on court.  Next up she’ll be performing at the MTV VMA Pre-show!

We chatted with Ava at AAKD about her new single “Torn,” who she’d love to collab with, and what fans can look forward to coming soon! Watch our interview below and find out.

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SecretFangirls.com Interview JAGMAC at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

JAGMAC were named one of Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing artists in 2018 and they are certainly living up to the name!   The group of six siblings, who got their name from their first initials, can sing, dance, choreograph, and play instruments.  They also each have black belts in Tae Kwon Do!  You may have caught them on tour with In Real Life. They recently dropped a fun Summer track called “Like A Band,” and are gearing up for some headlining shows later this year.

JAGMAC performed at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day this weekend in NYC on both the Festival Stage on the grounds and inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.  They got the day off to a fun start with their high energy performance and definitely brought life to the party!   We love the throwback to Aqua’s hit 90s song “Barbie Girl” in “Like A Band.”

We chatted with JAGMAC before the show and talked music, Power Rangers, fans, and more. Watch our interview with Jared, Angelique, Gabriel, Manjo, Alyssa, and CJ below!

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MAX & Quinn XCII, Ava Max, Meg Donnelly, Austin Mahone & Top Tennis Stars Rock Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open

The US Open is officially underway in New York City!  The annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Saturday kicked things off with a day full of games, music, and of course tennis.  Kids of all ages enjoyed activities around the grounds like face painting, balloon artists, dance offs, juggling, and of lots of chances to test their tennis skills!

The AAKD show inside Arthur Ashe Stadium featured performances by some of the hottest names in music along with appearances by tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Sloane Stephens.  The event is in celebration of tennis legend and humanitarian Arthur Ashe and promotes the USTA’s flagship program, the National Junior Tennis and Learning Network (NJTL), which Ashe co-founded.  Players from local NJTL chapters had the chance to show off their skills on court in a series of agility and tennis drills.

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The show was co-hosted by Radio Disney’s Morgan Tompkins, Meg Donnelly, and JD McCrary.  Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing JAGMAC kicked off the show with a high energy performance that set the tone for the whole show.  They definitely brought the party with them!  We’re sure you’ll be seeing much more of them in the future!  Radio Disney is celebrating 10 years of NBT artists this year, and past honorees include Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, and Kelsey Ballerini.

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Austin Mahone returned to Kids’ Day (he was also a featured performer in 2013!) to perform his new single “Dancing With Nobody” live for the first time.  Austin showcased his signature smooth dance moves on the court, complete with a moonwalk across the service line.  He also shared that he will be dropping a new album next year!

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Co-host Meg Donnelly did double duty and performed “With U,” showing off her dance moves and high kicks across the court in style.  We love her fun pop sound and can’t wait for her album to drop!  Meg is also a Radio Disney Next Big Thing alum!

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The always talented and lovely MAX sang his hit single “Love Me Less,” with a special appearance by Quinn XCII.  Watching these two perform together is so much fun and we loved seeing them rock it on center court!

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Ava Max’s infectious sound and unique style have already won over the hearts of many.  Ava got the stadium rocking with her hit “So Am I.”  We are so excited to see and hear what’s next, and are looking forward to her debut album coming soon!

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The show ended with a big finale that had everyone doing #TheGitUpChallenge! Blanco Brown sang “The Git Up” from up in the crowd, as the court was filled with dancers, the Blazer Fresh squad, Net Generation players, and even a drumline!  Current world #1, Novak Djokovic, never turns down an opportunity to dance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, so of course he was right in the middle of it all!

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Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is always such a blast and the best way to get the last slam of the year underway!

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Make sure you watch our interviews with MAX and Quinn XCII, JAGMAC, Ava Max, Austin Mahone, and JD MCCrary to learn more about the artists and what’s coming next.

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US Open Fan Week to Feature Free Concerts by LANY, Brett Eldredge, & Leon Bridges

The Qualifying Tournament for the US Open kicks off on Monday, August 19th in NYC!  As usual, admission to watch the qualifying matches is FREE and open to the public.  This year the US Open is introducing an expanded US Open Fan Week that includes happy hours, concerts, exhibition matches, stadium tours, and much more!

We’re most excited about the Chase Sound Check Concerts!   LANY will be performing on August 21, Brett Eldredge on August 22, and Leon Bridges on August 23!  The concerts kick off at 8pm and are free and open to the public like the rest of the US Open Fan Week activities!

Head over to the US Open Fan Week website to view the full schedule of activities – every single day is stacked with fun stuff to do.  And did we mention that it’s FREE?   Come experience the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, watch some incredible professional tennis up close, and catch one of your favorite artists … all in one day!

US Open Fan Week – Chase Sound Check concerts
August 21 – LANY
August 22 – Brett Eldredge
August 23- Leon Bridges
8pm to 9pm
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
More Info

Fan Week wraps up with the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day celebration!   AAKD will feature performances by MAX, Austin Mahone, Ava Max, and more!   Learn more about AAKD and the family festival here!

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MAX, Austin Mahone, Blanco Brown, Ava Max & More To Headline Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day 2019

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is always one of our favorite days of the year!   It brings together our love of tennis and music in celebration of the start of the US Open Tennis Championships in New York City, in honor of tennis legend Arthur Ashe.  The event is in celebration of tennis player and humanitarian Arthur Ashe, who co-founded the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL) as a way to engage kids in the sport of tennis.  NJTL is celebrating its 50th year in 2019, and you can be sure to see lots of NJTL participants at AAKD!

AAKD features a FREE Kids’ Festival on the grounds of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, that features tons of activities like face painting, balloon artists, story telling, pro tennis practice, music and of course lots of interactive tennis and fitness events!   You can catch free musical performances on the grounds on the AAKD Festival Stage as well from up-and-coming stars like JAGMAC and Jenna Raine.

The event also features a show inside Arthur Ashe Stadium that brings together the biggest names in tennis and music for an unforgettable day.  You’ll need a ticket to gain entry to the stadium show, but inside you’ll be treated to incredible performances as well as the chance to see the world’s greatest tennis players compete in fun challenges for their favorite charities.  Performers this year include MAX, Austin Mahone, Blanco Brown, Meg Donnelly, Ava Max, and JD McCrary.

The event has a knack of booking stars before the make it big – Britney Spears, Rihanna, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, and Ariana Grande are just a handful of past performers.   Don’t miss out on one of the most fun events of the Summer and your chance to see the next big thing in music!

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day 2019
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing, NY
Saturday, August 24th 2019
Kids’ Festival gates open at 9:30am
Stadium Show starts at 1:00pm
More Info

AAKD Festival Stage Performers
JAGMAC
Jenna Raine
Stefan Benz
FREE Entry!

Arthur Ashe Stadium Show Performers
MAX
Austin Mahone
Blanco Brown
Meg Donnelly
Ava Max
JD McCrary
Buy Tickets

Featured Tennis Players
Rafael Nadal
Sloane Stephens
Novak Djokovic
Bryan Brothers

Learn more about Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day and read our recaps of past shows!

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In Real Life, CNCO, AJ Mitchell & More Rock Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is one of our favorite days of the year as it brings together two of our favorite things: music and tennis!   The event is in celebration of Arthur Ashe, the tennis player and humanitarian who won the first US Open title in 1968.  This year was extra special as it’s also the 50th anniversary of the US Open!

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On Saturday, current tennis players Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Madison Keys, Angelique Kerber, and Serena Williams hit the court along with young players from the NJTL and Net Generation.  The show also featured performances from some of the hottest rising artists.  AAKD has a knack for booking talent before they make it big: past performers include Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, & Demi Lovato just to name a few.

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The show was hosted by Skai Jackson and Alex Aiono, returning to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day for his third time!  Echosmith kicked off the show with their hit singles “Cool Kids” and “Over My Head.”   In Real Life celebrated their one-year anniversary since they came together on ABC’s “Boy Band” by performing in front of one of their biggest crowds to date!   They showed off their moves and harmonies to their new single, “Tonight Belongs To You.”

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Djokovic, Nadal, Kerber, and Keys hit the court for a target challenge alongside young player Nicole, representing the NJTL chapter in Silver Springs, MD.  Each player had to hit forehands and backhands, as a tally was kept of each target that was hit.  Nicole blew the pros off the court and hit more backhands and forehands than any of them!  Each player was hitting for a special charity.

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Serena Williams hopped on court with a group of lucky Net Generation players!  She rallied with some players and even showed off her jump roping skills!  This will be Serena’s first US Open since becoming a mother last year and as always she was thrilled to be a part of AAKD!

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AJ Mitchell was surprised with the news that he’d be performing at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day during an interview with Radio Disney’s Morgan, who also co-hosted the show.  AJ sang his catchy new song “Girls,” from his new EP “Hopeful.”

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Kim Petras’ bubbly pop sound helped keep the party going with her infectious “Heart To Break.”

CNCO performed on the court in perfect boy band formation.  They had the crowd moving to their hits “Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)” and “Se Vuelve Loca.”  Their performance definitely earned some of the biggest screams of the day! 

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All of the performers joined Shine MSD and drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on stage for the finale for a special performance of “Shine.”   The song has become an anthem for people to spread love and awareness, and that you’re never too young to make a change.  It was a fitting end to a day in honor of a man who also worked to share the same message.

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Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
St. Petersburg Open – St. Petersburg, Russia
Moselle Open – Metz, France

France & Belgium Headed to Davis Cup Final
Team France made it back to the Davis Cup Final for the first time since 2014.  With the insane amount of talented French players, we think they are long overdue to hold the Davis Cup trophy!  Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nico Mahut helped the team get the win in their semi-final against Serbia.  They’ll take on Belgium in the finals, who defeated Australia in a close and dramatic 5th rubber.  The 2017 Davis Cup Final will be held in November in Lille.  Allez!

Laver Cup Kicks Off on Friday
The inaugural Laver Cup starts this Friday, September 22nd from Prague.  The 3 day event will see Team World taking on Team Europe in a new team format, led by captains John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.   There will be 3 singles matches and 2 doubles match per day of competition.  All sets will be the best out of 3 sets, with the 3rd set being decided as a 10 point tiebreaker if sets are split.    The matches are weighted by day, with Sunday’s matches counting the most toward the overall team score.   We’ll definitely be tuning in to see how this plays out and to see if Rafa & Federer will team up for doubles!   They also unveiled an all-black tennis court for the occasion because #aesthetic.

Team World: Sam Querrey, John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Juan Martin del Potro* and Denis Shapovalov.  *Del Potro was replaced by Frances Tiafoe.

Team Europe: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Sascha Zverev, Tomas Berdych, and Marin Cilic.

This new team competition hopes to become an annual event, with the 2018 Laver Cup to be held somewhere in the United States. Laver Cup will air in the US on Tennis Channel.


ATP #NextGen Finals Unveil New Innovations

Another new event on the tennis calendar is the ATP #NextGen Finals.  Like the ATP World Tour Finals, the #NextGen Finals invite the top 8 players under 21, based on their points accumulated throughout the year.   Sascha Zverev is currently holding the top spot in the race to Milan, followed by Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov.   The event will unveil a few new “innovations” to the traditional tennis tournament.  The latest is that there will be no linesmen on the court – all lines will be called electronically using hawkeye.

This adds to the previously announced changes of having short 1st to 4 game sets, shorter warm ups, a shot clock to enforce time between serves, playing let serves, a limit on medical time outs, and player coaching.  While we’re excited to see the future #NextGen of men’s tennis at the event, let’s hope this isn’t a preview of the #NextGen of tennis tournament rules that take away from the game itself.

Richard Gasquet Wins Challenger in Poland
Richard has had a difficult 2017, as he’s been trying to recover and make his way back from a variety of injuries.   Richard played a tournament at the challenger level last week, the Pekao Szczecin Open in Poland, and won the title!  We’re hoping the win will help get Richard back on track.

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