2014/07/29

Longines Future Tennis Aces Event Completed in Paris

Paris (France) / St. Imier (Switzerland), 9 June 2012 – After two days of highly emotional tennis, the final of the Longines Future Tennis Aces Roland Garros 2012 tournament was held over the final weekend at Roland Garros. Destanee Aiava from Australia won the tournament, beating Haruna Arakawa from Japan. This exciting duel was followed by an exhibition match that brought together three generations of players. The two finalists of the Longines Future Tennis Aces Roland Garros 2012 tournament teamed up with Stefanie Graf and Sabine Lisicki, with Mansour Bahrami also joining in the fun. Afterwards Longines presented the two youngsters with an annual bursary of $2,000 to pay for their tennis equipment until their 16th birthday.

The U.S. was represented in Paris by Rachel Lim, a 12-year-old, from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., who won the Longines Future Tennis Aces qualifying tournament for U.S. participants last month. Lim, USTA ranked No. 22 in the 12-and-under division, lost in the first round last Thursday against the top-seeded player from Russia.

The Longines Future Tennis Aces Roland Garros 2012 tournament was a huge success. Through this tournament, Longines – the official partner of Roland Garros – aims to look for tomorrow’s tennis champions and to promote sport as well as respect, fair play and tolerance, which are essential for the enjoyment of sport. Over two days, the 16 players, all under the age of 13 and from all corners of the world, did their best to qualify for the final on Saturday morning.

A press conference was held in the Tennis Museum at Roland Garros to wind up the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament Roland Garros 2012, with the presence of Walter von Känel, President of Longines, Graf, Lisicki, Florence Ollivier-Lamarque, General Director Swatch Group France, Gilbert Ysern, General Director of the French Tennis Federation and Director of the French Open and Nelson Montfort.

Share

Stefanie Graf to play exhibition match at Roland Garros

Rachel Lim, the United States’ representative for the Longines Future Tennis Aces – 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 month’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 Women’s Final, and financing for her tennis equipment until her 16th birthday, courtesy of Longines.

 

“I’m very excited to meet and play against other players from around the world,” said Lim. “I can’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.”

 

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 brand’s global commitment to support and develop tennis’ superstars of tomorrow. All the players who qualified for the World Final event in Paris will have the opportunity to attend the French Open Women’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.

Share

Longines Future Tennis Aces – On the Road to the French Open

Longines, the official timekeeper and partner of the French Open, has announced that 16 junior female tennis players from the United States ages 12-and-under will compete in a one-day Longines Future Tennis Aces – On the Road to the French Open qualifying tournament with the winner earning a once in a lifetime trip to Paris to play on the famous clay courts at Roland Garros against qualifiers from 16 other nations.

 

Building on the success of this same event over the past three years, the Longines Future Tennis Aces U.S. qualifying tournament will take place April 14 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the U.S. Open, in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and will include selected players from the USTA Eastern, Middle States, New England and, for the first time in event history, Northern California sections. Names of selected athletes to compete are to be announced.

 

These young tennis stars will compete for the grand prize: funding that will finance their sports equipment until their 16th birthday and the privilege to play with Longines Ambassador of Elegance and six-time French Open champion Stefanie Graf, wife of tennis legend and fellow Longines Ambassador of Elegance Andre Agassi, also a former French Open winner.

 

Graf, who has been a Longines Ambassador of Elegance since 2007, will assist in selecting the 16 girls, who were asked to write a 300-word essay on philanthropy. The girls will be selected on two criteria: athletic performance and commitment to give back to the community. At the conclusion of play in Paris, Longines will present a check for $100,000 to the two foundations of its ambassadors: The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Graf’s Children for Tomorrow.

 

The runner-up of this year’s Longines Future Tennis Aces, a USTA Sanctioned event, will earn two courtside tickets to the 2012 U.S. Open with the third-place consolation victor winning two loge tickets to this year’s Open. All participants will have the opportunity to hit with 1993 French Open doubles champion and current Syracuse University women’s tennis coach Luke Jensen.

 

Michael Chen Zhao of Princeton Junction, N.J., won the Longines Future Tennis Aces qualifying event last year and represented the United States at Roland Garros, where he competed against 16 boys, 12-and-under from every corner of the world.

 

Back in November, the first of the 16 girls was awarded entry into the Longines Future Tennis Aces on the Road to the French Open as 12-year-old Elena Van Linge from Menlo Park, Calif., won a fastest serve contest beating out 20 others with Andre Agassi looking on. The event was held at the Stanford Shopping Center and put on with the help of fine jeweler Shreve & Co. Van Linge will represent the USTA’s Northern California Section at next month’s New York tournament.

 

Longines is the proud Official Sponsor and Timekeeper of the French Open at Roland-Garros since 2007. Longines Future Tennis Aces – On the Road to the French Open is part of Longines’ global commitment to support and develop tennis’ superstars of tomorrow. All the players who qualify for the Roland Garros tournament will have the opportunity to attend the French Open Women’s Final on June 9.

 

Countries hosting junior girls tournaments include Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italia, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the U.S.

Share

Michael Chen Zhao to compete in Longines Future Tennis Aces World Finals at Roland Garros

Michael Chen Zhao (R) Interviewed after winning Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament at Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center on April 9, 2011

Michael Chen Zhao, the United States’ representative for the 2011 Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament at Roland Garros, June 2-4, has been preparing both on and off the court in advance of his first international and clay court competition. The 12-year-old Princeton Junction, NJ native qualified for the Tournament following a victory at last month’s U.S. Future Tennis Aces Tournament at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the U.S. Open, in Flushing Meadows, NY.

 

Zhao, currently ranked No. 11 in the USTA national 12-and-under division, will compete against athletes from 15 countries for a chance  to play in a doubles exhibition match with tennis legends Andre Agassi and Jim Courier on the historic red-clay courts at the French Open, and receive financing for tennis equipment until their 16th birthday, courtesy of Longines.

 

“I’m really excited and a little nervous about this really cool experience,” said Zhao. “There will be a little pressure as well since this will be my first time at an international tournament. I’m preparing by training really hard and maybe getting a chance to hit on red clay before I go.”

 

Zhao began playing tennis at 5-years-old and entered his first tournament by age 8. His best finish is a third-place result at a National Open event at the National Tennis Center and he has reached the quarterfinals of the USTA Winter National 12s Championship played the first week of January in Tucson, Arizona. He dominates his opponents using his powerful backhand and claims to model his ground strokes after his idol Novak Djokovic. “I like the form of his strokes and how much energy he has when he plays,” he said.

 

Longines Future Tennis Aces is part of the brand’s global commitment to support and develop tennis’ superstars of tomorrow. All the players who qualified for the Paris event will have the opportunity to attend the French Open Women’s Final on June 4. Longines is the official timekeeper and partner of the French Open.

Share