The USTA has announced it will host its annual open casting call on Tuesday, June 15 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City to select children to perform at the 2010 U.S. Open, Aug. 30-Sept. 12, 2010. Winners will perform “America the Beautiful” live at Arthur Ashe Stadium during night sessions of this year’s U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
The auditions are free of charge and will be held from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ET. Children 12 years of age and younger as of Sept. 12, 2010, will be asked to sing “America the Beautiful” a cappella in front of a panel of celebrity judges from the music and entertainment industries including Justin Chon, who plays Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga series, and Ashley Roberts of the Pussycat Dolls.
“The USTA is proud to continue what has quickly become one of the most popular US Open traditions—the casting call—for the fourth consecutive year,” said Gordon Smith, executive director and COO, USTA. “The US Open provides an incredible platform for these young children to show off their talents and captivate the world’s largest tennis audience.”
The USTA will announce the final selections in mid-July. The winners will receive a U.S. Open gift bag and tickets to their performance session—in addition to exposure in front of as many as 24,000 fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Click here for more information on the open casting call, including the official rules.