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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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SecretFangirls.com Interview In Real Life

It’s been officially one year now since In Real Life were formed!   Sergio Calderon, Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, and Michael Conor were the finalists on ABC’s “Boy Band” last Summer.  It’s been a crazy year for the guys who are gearing up for a headlining tour that will take them across the US and even around the globe this Fall!  They’ve released four tracks so far and promise even more new music is on the way. In Real Life celebrated a year together by performing for one of their biggest crowds yet at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in New York.

We chatted with the boy band before they took the stage and found out who they’d fangirl over.  They even showed off their boyband moves and did a perfect New Kids dance.  Watch our interview below!

Check out In Real Life’s Tour dates HERE!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview AJ Mitchell

AJ Mitchell is set to take over your heart and your playlist.  He just dropped his debut major label EP, “Hopeful,” on Epic Records in July, after gaining a solid fanbase through his short videos posted on Instagram.  AJ started playing music at a very young age and soon branched out into songwriting and composing.  He’s already gathered over 35 million streams on his tracks and has had sold out shows at the Roxy in Los Angeles and Webster Hall in New York.  AJ played in front of a huge crowd at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in New York, winning over the crowd with his infectious pop sound.

We chatted with AJ before his performance and got to know more about the up and coming pop star.  Watch our interview and get to know more about AJ!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Alex Aiono

Alex Aiono gained a big following by creating flipped versions of pop songs, showing off his vocal, production, and guitar playing skills.  His “One Dance” mash up alone has over 58 million views!  Alex has dropped a few singles this year including “Work The Middle” and “Question.”  We love his energetic pop sound that makes you just want to get up an dance!  “Hot 2 Touch,” his song with Felix Jaehn & Hight, is our pick for one of the best songs of the Summer.

We caught up with Alex before his big day co-hosting and performing at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open in NYC.  Alex told us about his new single, which drops September 15th, what his walk-on song would be, and who he would totally fangirl over.  Watch our interview below and get to know Alex!

Pick up a copy of Alex’s single “Hot 2 Touch” with Felix Jaehn & Hight on iTunes now!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview Saving Forever

There is always something special about a band of brothers!  From Hanson to Jonas Brothers to AJR, some of the most talented acts of all time have been a trio of brothers.  Saving Forever are the latest brotherly trio to emerge out of Chicago.  Kavah, Khaden & Kye Harris, all between the ages of 13 and 16, caught the attention of L.A. Reid and are working on their debut EP on Epic Records.   The band was so impressive that they were signed after one showcase!

Saving Forever taught themselves how to play instruments by covering classic rock songs in their living room.  Their influences range from Jimi Hendrix to Fall Out Boy to DNCE, and you can hear them all in Saving Forever’s funky rock sound!  The band was recently selected as Elvis Duran’s Artist of the Month and performed on the TODAY show in August.

We spoke with Saving Forever before their performance at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in NYC.  They got the show off to a rocking start with the funky bass line in their new single, “Million Ways.”  Watch our interview below and get to know Kavah, Khaden & Kye!

Pick up a copy of Saving Forever’s new single “Million Ways” on iTunes now!

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Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournament:
Winston-Salem Open – Winston-Salem, NC
US Open Qualifying – New York, NY

Last Week’s Winner:
Western & Southern Open – Grigor Dimitrov

Tennis Stars View the Eclipse
We just really wanted to post this photo of Rafa, who was in NYC practicing for the US Open when the eclipse came through.  Enjoy.

US Open Qualifying Underway
It’s hard to believe we’ve already made it to the last slam of the year. The US Open is officially underway, with qualifying action underway today.  If you’re in NYC, the qualifying tournament is free and open to the public and you’ll get a chance to see rising stars and veterans alike fighting their way for a spot in the main draw.  The tournament is held on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, through this Friday, August 25th.   Players to watch include Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Reilly Opelka, Casper Ruud, and more.

Grigor Dimitrov Wins 1st Masters 1000 Title
Grigor has long been hailed as the next big thing in tennis, but was never able to breakthrough at a Masters 1000 or Slam (except his lone Wimbledon Semi-Final) until now.  Grigor made it to his first Masters Final and was able to capture the Western & Southern Open after defeating Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 in the final.   We hope both players can keep their momentum through the US Open!

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Arthur Ashe Kids Day is Saturday 8/26!

One of the greatest days of the year in music and tennis is almost here!   New Hope Club, Why Don’t We, Alex Aiono, Jack & Jack and more will be performing during the stadium show at AAKD this year.  Even better, they’ll be joined by tennis pros Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Jared Donaldson & more!  Tickets are on sale now and start at $10.  Don’t miss out!

Tennis Tuesday: News Roundup

This Week’s Tournaments:
BB&T Atlanta Open – Atlanta, GA, USA
Swiss Open Gstaad – Gstaad, Switzerland
German Tennis Championships – Hamburg, Germany

Last Week’s Winners:
Tennis Hall of Fame Championships – John Isner
SkiStar Swedish Open – David Ferrer
Plava Laguna Croatia Open – Andrey Rublev

Andy Roddick, Kim Clijsters Inducted Into Tennis Hall of Fame
Andy Roddick was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame over the weekend in Newport, Rhode Island along with Kim Clijsters, Steve Flink, and Vic Braden.  As expected, Andy’s induction speech was equal parts poignant, charming, reflective, and funny, and reminded  us why we fell in love with tennis in the first place (and how much we miss Andy on tour!)   We loved Andy’s stories about how much he loved tennis from a young age and what a fan he was of all the players that came before him.  We’ll always be grateful to our tennis hero, Andy Roddick!  Watch Andy’s full speech below and have some tissues ready.

Jack Sock Goes Esquire
The latest issue of Esquire features a story on Jack Sock.  He mentions looking up to newly minted Hall of Famer, Andy Roddick.  “Sock grew up a Roddick fan (“being from Nebraska, it was hard not to be, plus I liked the Reebok Pumps and visor and the Backstreet Boys frosted tips”)”  We think Jack should bring this look back.  Check out the story here!

US Open Series Is Underway!
It’s hard to believe that the US Open starts in just over a month.  The US Open Series kicked off yesterday in Atlanta, with several tournaments coming up throughout the US & Canada leading up to the last slam of the year at the end of August.  Lots of young American players are in action in Atlanta this week.

Andrey Rublev Wins First Title in Croatia
19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev won his first title over the weekend in Croatia.  Rublev entered the tournament as a lucky loser, having lost in the last round of qualifying, and played his way to the title.  Don’t forget that Rublev used to be in a One Direction cover band, Summer Afternoon.

Roger Federer Joins Arthur Ashe Kids Day Lineup
Big news!  Roger Federer will be joining the stadium show at Arthur Ashe Kids Day this year.  The show, on August 26th, will feature some of your favorite players along with performances by Sofia Carson, New Hope Club, Alex Aiono and more.   Tickets are on sale now!  Get all the details here.