| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff


The Sportime World Tour continued its journey across the globe as it took young players on a trip to Melbourne, Australia for an Australian Open-themed event earlier this month at Sportime Syosset.

The event features players from all of the Sportime facilities and features an array of on-court games, as well as things to do off the court including a bounce house, food, music and more to create a fun tennis experience for some of Sportime’s youngest players.  


“The World Tour is an amazing opportunity for us to offer not only a great tennis experience but also a fun and engaging social gathering where the kids get a chance to meet and connect with other Sportime players from around Long Island,” Orobona added. “I think the World Tour Melbourne we hosted here as Sportime Syosset was a huge success! We had over 200 players registered and got to showcase everything that the players have been working so hard to learn throughout the fall session.”


Throughout the day, hundreds of players hit the courts to take part in tennis games and had a chance to interact with many kids they had never met before. The fun environment helps create a memorable experience for these kids as they take the first steps in their tennis journey.

“I liked hitting the balls and winning points. I loved playing in the bounce house today,” said Charlotte Keller, a seven-year-old player at Sportime Kings Park.

Vienna Falco, a seven-year old who plays at Sportime Bethpage and Sportime Kings Park, said:

“I love playing tennis and this was so much fun.”

“The World Tour is a chance for our U10 players across Long Island to come together to compete, play games and just have a great day of tennis,” said Mike Kossoff, Director of Tennis at Sportime. “Parents get to see how their children have improved throughout the session and get exposed to some friendly competition as well!”


The next World Tour event will be held at Sportime Lake Isle this Saturday, January 28 with another Melbourne-themed event, and Sportime Harbor Island will host an Indian Wells-themed event on Saturday, March 25. Sportime Hempstead Lake will host its own Indian Wells-themed event on in May.


“Many of these children are just starting to learn the sport of tennis and it is our job to make sure that experience is as positive and pleasant as it can be, added Orobano. “As we move forward and our programs continue to grow at every age group we are looking forward to continuing to engage with these new players to show them just how fun and exciting tennis can be.”