Saturday 26th May saw some of our academy players heading towards Paris for the Appeti Tennis annual trip to The French Open. This year saw a number of our mini tennis players joining us for what proved to be a fantastic experience.
The day started early with the group meeting at 5.15am to head towards the Eurostar terminal.
There we were joined by a few more of our youngsters before we went through the security and passport checks. It wasn’t long before the group were settled on the train and speeding through the tunnel and French countryside towards Paris!
From the Eurostar terminal a short trip on the metro took us all to meet up with Eb, Faye,David and Ade, who had travelled the night before to meet us there. The group then headed towards the main entrance and it wasn’t long before we were in the grounds soaking up the atmosphere of Kid’s Day at Roland Garros!
After a tour of the grounds which saw the youngsters seeing a number of past and present top 10 world ranked players including Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lleyton Hewitt and Svetlana Kuznetsova we took front row seats to watch the present world number 2 Maria Sharapova practising.
This was a great experience for our juniors as they were able to see her at such close range.
It was then time to head to Phillipe Chatrier court where ‘the party’ was about to begin! With music provided by the DJ Bob Sinclair the afternoon started with Novak Djockovic playing an exhibition match with Ryan Harrison. Shortly after Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro, Serena Williams, Na Li , Caroline Wozniacki, to name but a few, all appeared on court to play their part in entertaining their younger fans and inspiring the future of tennis.
Unfortunately the day drew to a close with just chance to grab a few souvenirs from the shop before leaving to catch the eurostar home.
A great day had been had by all and now everyone is looking forward to the future when they plan to be take to the courts themselves!
In the meantime, watching the French Open on the television has a whole new meaning to our players who can now say I’ve been there!