Rachel Lim, the United Statesâ€™ representative for the Longines Future Tennis Aces â€“ On the Road to the French Open tournament at Roland Garros is currently training near her home in Briarcliff Manor, NY in preparation for her first International tournament. Lim qualified for the all-expense-paid trip to Paris following a victory at last monthâ€™s Future Tennis Aces U.S. qualifying event at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the U.S. Open, in Flushing Meadows, NY.
Ranked No. 22 nationally in the 12-and-under division, Lim will compete against 15 finalists from around the world during the final weekend of the French Open. In addition to winning an all-expense paid trip to Roland Garros, Lim will compete for a chance to play with former world No. 1 and Longines Ambassador of Elegance Stefanie Graf and member of the Longines Rising Tennis Stars Sabine Lisicki (ranked 12th at the WTA) in an exhibition match prior to the French Open Womenâ€™s Final, and financing for her tennis equipment until her 16th birthday, courtesy of Longines.
â€œIâ€™m very excited to meet and play against other players from around the world,â€ said Lim. â€œI canâ€™t wait to experience their different styles of play. This will be my first trip overseas to play a tennis tournament. I am very excited to finally be able to visit the Eiffel tower, learn about the French culture and go to the French Open at Roland Garros and have the chance of a lifetime to play on the brick clay.â€
Lim started playing tennis at 5-years-old and appeared in her first national competition at age 8. Last November she won her first USTA National Open in the 12-and-under singles division and most recently captured her second national title at the USTA National Open at Owning Mills, MD. She also placed 3rd in doubles at the same tournament.
Longines Future Tennis Aces is part of the brandâ€™s global commitment to support and develop tennisâ€™ superstars of tomorrow. All the players who qualified for the World Final event in Paris will have the opportunity to attend the French Open Womenâ€™s Final on June 9. Longines is the official timekeeper of the French Open of Roland Garros.
Countries competing at the Longines Future Tennis Aces World Final include: Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italia, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.