Andy At AA Kids Day
August 26th, 2006 04:20 pm
By Jen Moschella
“It’s amazing and fun,” Andy noted about Arthur Ashe Kids Day in his press conference at 2pm today. “They mix music and tennis while kicking off the Open,it’s great!”
Despite the dark clouds and rain coming over the horizon this morning instead of the sun, the grounds were dry by opening hour and the day hit a record high of 23,000+ attendants with a fantastic Center Court show. Andy was in a great mood through his press conference, Foundation fund-raising target practice, and Men’s Singles event.
In Andy’s first activity, his press conference, he sported a white”L” Lacoste hat and a black shirt under a white warm-up jacket, and commented on the 2006 hot topics. Andy noted that Jimmy’s passion for the game of tennis is contageous, that he is hungry to turn his game around, and how Andy tries not to act like too much of a dork in front of Jimmy. Closing comments were on the Instant Replay system, Andre’s departure, and his birthday plans (which is not to lose).
From there, Andy took to Arthur Ashe Court for some forehand and backhand target practice to raise funds for the foundation or charity of their choice along with Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, and Ellen Degeneres(comedian and talk show host). Andy, Andre, and Steffi earned $25,000 each for earning the high scores, and then they went on to chat with Daisy Fuentes for a few minutes prior to the Men’s Singles and a song from Ne-Yo, “So Sick.”
A few minutes later,Andy and Andre came out for the single’s event,which lasted about ten minutes, and they were both wired with microphones to add to the hit. Ellen Degeneres was the chair umpire, clad in a “tennis sweater” and knee-high socks, and started off the match with a platter of food and letting Andre have the first serve. Andre responded to Andy, “See, I told you she likes me better!” As play went on, Ellen started saying how nice and quiet tennis is… but didn’t stop there and humorously rambled right through Andre’s serve and the whole point, and the stadium just laughed along. As she continued her “commentating”, and Andy stepped up the the line he asked Ellen, “Are you done yet?” Ellen responded,” I’m not sure…” Andy tossed the ball to serve and Ellen piped up again, “No, I’m not done yet,” and the crowd roared with laughter.
Ellen’s humor continued to add to the match as she called a “time-out” and ran down to give Andre a hug, saying that he needed a hug because he was losing. Andy hollered back to Ellen as she climbed in the umpire’s chair that he was the one who was actually losing, and Ellen proceeded to Andy’s side of the court. Andy dropped the ball and racquet, ran with open arms and so did Ellen, and Ellen proceeded to literally jump into Andy’s arms. See the pictures from today for the full affect!
Money raised for charity, $25,000… Ate one of Ellen’s sandwiches courtside, $6… a mid-game cheering-up hug, priceless!
Stay tuned for an update on Andy’s practice if the rain holds off for a few more hours. Go Andy!