FLUSHING, QUEENS (PIX11) – The best of the best in the world of tennis hit the courts of Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Saturday’s unofficial kickoff to the US Open was full of excitement. But for the youngsters on Arthur Ashe Kids Day, the excitement was all centered on festivities like face painting and surprises like learning the game from some of the pros.
Darraline Bryan, with the same last name as Mike and Bob Bryan, hopes to one day follow in their footsteps of tennis success.
The dynamic duo has multiple Olympic medals along with 15 other major titles combined with a number one world ranking.
But the quest to win four grand slams doesn’t get in the way of their desire to make a difference in the community.
Saturday’s surprise was about more than just an appearance. They tell us, it was to help underprivileged kids who were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
And for kids like Darraline, it’s a welcome break during a year of struggle.
The day of fun included an appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama, and a chance to learn the ins and outs of the US Open may have brought thousands to Flushing, Queens, but for the Bryan brothers, the day was more about inspiration and helping shape the next generation of tennis pros.