USTA cancels Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day due to Irene



NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled Saturday’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the site of the U.S. Open because of worries about approaching Hurricane Irene.

NBA star Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and actor Bradley Cooper were among the scheduled participants, along with top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic and defending U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal.

The USTA says Friday that it decided to call off the annual tennis-and-music event in Arthur Ashe Stadium after discussions with New York City officials.

The USTA says it wants “to avoid any possible safety issues for our fans and patrons.”

The U.S. Open is scheduled to start Monday.