By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two youth tennis players from Philadelphia will take to the court this weekend at the US Open in New York as part of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.
Fourteen-year-old Brandon Cabin and 11-year-old Tauheed Browning will warm up with tennis superstars like Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
“I feel great I got this opportunity to do it, but I first have to get through the first round, which I plan on doing,” says Caban.
The rising 8th-grader has played tennis at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center in East Falls for the last eight years. He’ll go head to head with kids all over the country Saturday and if he wins he’ll go one on one with the pros.
Reporter: What’s going through your mind?
Caban: How I’m going to handle all the pressure!
And the pressure is on.
Twenty-five-thousand sets of eyes in the stands will focused on young Caban.
“This is going to be the most kids he hit tennis balls in front of and the most kids he’s ever played in front of,” says Jon Glover, co-director of Player Development. But he says Cabin has the momentum– a legacy youth won the competition last year.
“He hit more targets than anybody and won our facility the maximum of $15,000,” says Glover.
Browning, a rising 6th-grader, will also head to Flushing. He’ll warm up and get a chance to score a few points against the pros.
“I’m nervous, but I’m actually excited that I could be playing with the pros,” says Browning, who’s hoping he’ll meet one of his tennis heroes, which includes Serena Williams and Djokovic.
“When I meet them, I’m going to say, nice to meet you– and I’m going to say– I watch you all the time.”
Legacy Youth Tennis serves 4,500 kids from the greater Philadelphia area every year and many come from low-income communities.
For more on Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center, go to http://www.legacyyte.org/
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