Playing in mixed teams with local Melbourne sporting stars, the players competed in a modified version of Stické Tennis – a racquet sport invented in the late 19th century merging aspects of real tennis and all the basics of lawn tennis with the addition of side and back walls.
Players were given less than an hour to learn the rules and master their skills ahead of the modified game of Stické Tennis located down an iconic Melbourne laneway. The DJ played cool tunes, breakdancers took over from ball boys, a traditional tennis net was replaced with orange construction mesh, and players used the angles of the graffitied walls to their advantage during the fast paced game of urban Stické Tennis.
Women’s World number 1, Caroline Wozniacki, said once all the players got the hang of the modified street game they naturally became very competitive.
“Today was so much fun. I’ve always loved exploring Melbourne’s laneways for shopping and restaurants, I didn’t expect to be playing a game of tennis down there! Playing off the walls was tough at first, but once we got the hang of it we all had a great time”, Wozniacki said.
The event was filmed to promote a yearlong campaign by adidas called ‘The Game is the Game’ and follows British tennis talent, Andy Murray’s challenge against the world’s best player of ‘Road Tennis’ at a secret London location last November.
‘The Game is the Game’ will challenge some of the world’s best tennis players at a series of tennis-based games around some of the major tournaments in 2012.