School Holiday Magic at Melbourne Park

Our summer holidays have been filled with all things tennis.  Let's be honest, it's almost impossible to avoid being bitten by the 'tennis bug' when the world's greatest players arrive on your doorstep to compete in the prestigious Australian Open. 
Our TV has been permanently set to channel 7 (with the occasional flick over to 7mate) ensuring we see every match, of every round, live as it unfolds. The boys tennis racquets have been their 'toy of choice' these holidays, clocking up many hours in the backyard, local courts and anywhere they can find a wall to practise on! 

Attending the 2018 Kids Tennis Day, partnered by ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, on the eve of the Open was the ultimate school holiday outing for our tennis fanatics. We arrived at the mecca of Australian tennis, Melbourne Park, bright and early to soak up the electric atmosphere. Roaming entertainers, live Disney and Marvel character shows, food trucks, music and more had kids of all ages captivated. The incredible AO Ballpark was back; bigger and better than ever. You couldn't wipe the smiles off our boys faces' as they zip-lined, rock climbed and surfed the Moana surfboard! The mini ANZ Tennis Hot Shots tennis courts were also a huge hit. Dressed in their ANZ Tennis Hot Shots uniforms (at their request) my boys absolutely loved putting their developing skills to the test, only metres from where their sporting idols would later take to the courts. As a mother, it was incredibly satisfying and fulfilling seeing how far they've progressed and how much enjoyment they received from playing tennis. 

Now onto the main event - the Rod Laver Arena Spectacular. There's really only one way to describe it, MIND BLOWING. Aussie indie pop band Sheppard opened the show singing their current chart topper "Coming Home" followed by crowd favourite "Geronimo" while 15,000+ tiny hands clapped along ….somewhat in sync. The Mexican wave once started couldn't be stopped (despite the efforts of two hosts) circling Rod Laver Arena at least 15 times #HILARIOUS.
Marvel superheroes then ascended on to centre court, wowing the crowd with their acrobatics and combat moves, only leaving to battle Loki who was stirring up trouble outside the stadium. But the REAL heroes of the day didn't wear capes, 19-time grand slam champion Roger Federer and his talented tour buddies Milos Raonic, Caroline Wozniacki and Novak Djokovic received the biggest cheer of them all. My boys watched on wide-eyed as their heroes, only meters away, displayed their supernatural skills at the net. And just when they thought their day couldn't possibly get any better, our oldest two hot shots were invited onto centre court *gasp* to hit with Roger, Novak, Milos and Caroline!!!!! A pinch-me, dream come true moment my boys and I will forever cherish. 

One week on and my boys have not stopped talking, playing and breathing tennis. They've never been more inspired to practice their skills and are incredibly eager to resume their ANZ Tennis Hot Shots lessons and tell their mates about their encounter with Tennis greatness. Tevita's even requested to increase his coaching from one session/week to two sessions, “so I can work on my backhand like Federer.”  I'm just happy my boys have found a sport that challenges them, excites them and will provide lifelong social and physical benefits.

Many thanks to our partners Tennis Australia and our videographer Oscar Manon.  

To get your little one playing tennis, find your nearest ANZ Tennis Hot Shots club here 

{ imagery sourced from Tennis Australia Facebook and personal camera }

 

 

 

 

 

LifestyleCarla RodanComment