Longines 2018 Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament
As for the first edition, the tournament welcomes boys, as well as girls. 40 international young players, coming from 20 different countries, has been competing at the Eiffel Tower since Thursday.
In 2018, the extraordinary surroundings of the Eiffel Tower will host the ninth edition of the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament from Thursday 31 May ton Saturday 2 June. It is the first time that the competition will bring together the girls and the boys, all aged under 13 years old, to take part in their respective tournament. They all have been selected by their tennis federation to represent their countries – Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States – and will have the opportunity to compete on clay court under the same conditions of Roland-Garros, of which Longines has been the Official Partner and Timekeeper since 2007.
Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing, Arantxa Sanchez and Alex Corretja, patron of the 2018 edition © Longines
Prior to the tournament, the young players were able to practice on clay court over a two-day camp – the “Longines Academy” – coached by experienced players. Indeed, retired French tennis player Séverine Beltrame supervised the girls’ team with the support of Frédéric Décamps, while Belgium’s Christophe Rochus, also former professional tennis player, and Rémi Barbarin gave valuable advice to boys’ team to approach the upcoming matches in the best conditions.
Lucky draw ceremony of the 2018 Longines Future Tennis Aces – Girl’s draw © Longines
Lucky draw ceremony of the 2018 Longines Future Tennis Aces – Boys' draw © Longines
In addition to being an opportunity for these talented players to measure themselves at an international level, the 2018 Longines Future Tennis Aces winners will receive a Longines timepiece, as well as the tournament’s trophy. Last but not least, they will be granted an annual bursary until their sixteenth birthdays, and have the pleasure to take part in an exhibition match with Longines Ambassadors of Elegance Stefanie Graf and Andre Agassi, after the final, which take place on Saturday June 2nd.
The Longines Future Tennis Aces trophy, with the Coupe des Mousquetaires’ and Suzanne Lenglen’ trophies © Longines
- Thursday 31 May 2018
- Qualifying stages
- Friday 1 June 2018
- 1/4 finals & Semi finals
- Saturday 2 June 2018
- Followed by an exhibition match with Stefanie Graf and Andre Agassi
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