| By Brian Coleman
Photo credit: Emma Fein

With the 2016 French Open on the horizon, the Sportime World Tour halted in Paris for a Roland Garros-themed event at Sportime Massapequa on Saturday afternoon. Continuing its string of successful World Tour events, Saturday’s event featured DJ Curtis doing his thing to keep everybody entertained, along with a bouncy castle and delicious food.

“Today has been an exciting day,” said Sportime World Tour Director Jason Wass. “There was a smaller crowd but it allows us to do different things with the kids. We did some more team competitions and the kids are having a great time. What is really nice about the Paris event is we are able to go outside and that adds a lot. It was really fun to have the party going outside with the bounce house and even a photo booth, and a bunch of tennis going on inside. The kids are great and the crowd has been great.”

Seven-year old Tessa enjoyed the event and said: “The bouncy castle was my favorite part.”

Six-year old David echoed that sentiment, saying: The bouncy house was my favorite part, I went on four or five times!”

The bounce castle wasn’t everyone’s favorite, as some of the kids enjoyed playing tennis the most, including nine-year old Nicholas.

“The tennis was my favorite part. We got to rally a lot and played all of my favorite games!”

The Sportime World Tour events are a great way to get kids to play competitive tennis, but in a non-intimidating environment, allowing them to have a great time while playing.

“We’re trying to introduce the kids into competition in a fun environment,” added Wass. “We want them to experience competition, but have food, other games and music being a part of it. That way they come away with having a great time at a tennis tournament.”

The World Tour is throwing in some new wrinkles for its next couple of events. There will be a Wimbledon-themed event at Sportime Amagansett and a New York-themed event at Sportime Randall’s Island, where the kids will be attending the U.S. Open qualifiers.

Credit all photos to Emma Fein








Brian Coleman

Brian Coleman is the Senior Editor for Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached at brianc@usptennis.com