Kids’ Day Diary | Behind the Scenes Photos from AAKD


Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day 2010 was one for the history books. Celebrities such as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Demi Lovato, Rafael Nadal, Lindsey Vonn and  the Jonas Brothers performed, played and palled around on center stage and center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Watch the slideshow below to learn all about the exciting weekend, including a visit to NASDAQ.

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