Three-time U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal participates at the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing on Saturday // Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Was a Smash Hit

Associated Press

A day before the start of the U.S. Open, the Flushing’s famed tennis grounds opened to kids wielding rackets for their own fun games.

Three-time U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal, the current No. 1-ranked player in the world, joined children from across Queens and other parts of the city for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

The day honored Ashe, the late tennis great who won the first U.S. Open of the professional era in 1968.

Children got to meet some of today’s greats. They also enjoyed off-court activities including face-painting, storytelling and music.

Proceeds from Sunday’s fun day will help fund youth tennis programs in and around the city.

The tournament officially began Monday and Nadal faced off against former semifinalist and fellow countryman David Ferrer from Spain.

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