MELBOURNE, Australia – There are plenty of matches and exhibitions and practices surrounding next week’s Australian Open.
But on Saturday at nearby Kooyong, the former site of the Grand Slam event and the host of exhibition matches this week, there is a community tennis party organized by the Australian Rally4Ever charity that has an entirely different purpose.
Australian tennis legend Pat Cash and the rehabbing Daria Saville will be on hand Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Rally4Ever is a charitable organization that uses tennis as a vehicle to reach people who are isolated, or struggling with their mental health, or alone and bring them into the community.
The organization made its London debut last summer, around Wimbledon time.
As those of us who play tennis and enjoy the lifelong benefits of that community already know, it’s a game-changer and the friends you make last forever – whether or not one of you is a better player than the other.
Founded by former player and current high-performance coach and commentator Louise Pleming in 2020 (along with four other fabulous women), the organization aims to bring people together – regardless of age, or social status, or tennis ability.
Tennis can be a sport for everyone.
And so if you’re in the Melbourne area Saturday and want to drop by, do it.
If you can’t, but you understand how tennis can change your world, drop a little donation their way to support their programs and initiatives.
Here’s Pleming talking about the good they’re trying to do.