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USTA to host fifth annual Casting Call for the US Open

June 15, 2011 04:15 PM
The USTA announced it will host its annual open casting call on Tuesday, June 21 at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in New York City to select children to perform at the 2011 US Open, August 29 – September 11. Winners will perform "America the Beautiful" live at Arthur Ashe Stadium during night sessions of this year’s US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. 
The auditions are free of charge and will be held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET. Children 12 years of age and younger as of September 11, 2011, 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 Tinsel Korey, who plays Emily Young in The Twilight Saga series, Josh Henderson, star of TV shows such as "Desperate Housewives" and "90210," and "American Idol" Season 2 alum Kimberley Locke.
"The USTA is proud to continue what has quickly become one of the most popular US Open traditions – the casting call – for the fifth consecutive year, and we’re excited about moving to such a prestigious location," 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 US 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. For more information on the open casting call, including the official rules, log on to www.USOpen.org.


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