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First Lady Michelle Obama waves to the crowd. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Tennis star Rafael Nadal flashes a smile. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Reigning US Open champion Serena Williams takes part in a competition to hit targets with tennis balls. Photo by Christina Santucci
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The British band Lawson performs. Photo by Christina Santucci
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First Lady Michelle Obama (l.) is joined by her daughters Malia (c.) and Sasha (r.). Photo by Christina Santucci
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Fans cheer the performers. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Austin Mahone serenades the crowd. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Ariana Grande performs at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Photo by Christina Santucci
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First Lady Michelle Obama catches a fan's novelty tennis ball before signing it and throwing the ball back. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Members of Fifth Harmony shows off their moves. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Fans sport cassette tape headpieces. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Members of the band, The Wanted, perform together. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Tennis star Roger Federer takes part in a competition to hit targets with tennis balls. Photo by Christina Santucci
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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Tennis legend Billie Jean King (l.) was in attendance. Photo by Christina Santucci
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First Lady Michelle Obama chats with a young fan. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Members of the band, The Wanted, perform together. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Tennis star Novak Djokovic congratulates young competitors after a match. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Songstress Coco Jones takes the stage. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Jeannie Ashe (l.) joins First Lady Michelle Obama in the stands during the show. Photo by Christina Santucci

Thousands of fans flocked to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Saturday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The day-long tennis and music festival pays tribute to the late tennis star Arthur Ashe, who contracted HIV from a blood transfusion and died in 1993.

During the event, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about her “Let’s Move!” campaign, before joining her daughters, Malia and Sasha, in the stands.

Performers included: Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Coco Jones, Fifth Harmony, Swedish DJ duo Cazzette and the band Lawson.

Tennis players Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took part in a competition to raise money for charity.

Reach managing editor Christina Santucci by e-mail at timesledgerphotos@gmail.com or by phone at 718-260-4589.

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