NEW YORK CITY — "American Idol" star Jordin Sparks will perform at the opening night ceremony of the U.S. Open later this month — part of a revamped kickoff that will include a video and light show for the first time, the United States Tennis Association announced Monday.
Sparks, who became "Idol's" youngest winner in 2007, will be performing songs like "Celebrate" from her movie "Sparkle" during the show on Aug. 27 before the first night session, officials said.
And Sparks will sing the National Anthem to kick off the tennis championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
“It is only fitting that we feature world-class entertainment on the same court upon which we feature world-class tennis," said Jon Vegosen, USTA Chairman of the Board and President.
Vegosen said that he wanted to take the opening night ceremony to the next level and create a memorable moment for fans all over the world.
In 2009, Sparks performed at the Arthur Ashe Kids' Day of the US Open. She will also return to host this year's Arthur Ashe Kids' Day on Aug. 25.