The 2017 Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament was officially kicked off on the 31st of May at the Eiffel Tower, during a ceremony which provided the opportunity for the public and the press to discover the young players, aged under 13 years old, who will take part in the event, run under the exact same conditions as Roland-Garros. This year, the number of contestants has been increased to 20 and each and every one of them will be representing a different country: 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.
Prior to the tournament, the young players took part in a training camp at the Châtaigneraie Tennis Club – the “Longines Academy” – where they received valuable advice from Rémi Barbarin and Christophe Rochus, two renowned specialists in the field. Following these two days of physical preparations, the young talents are now fully prepared for the tournament, taking place from 1 to 3 June, on a clay court installed on the Parvis de la Défense. In addition to being an opportunity for these talented players to measure themselves at an international level, this event is offering an exceptional prize: a Longines timepiece and the Longines Future Tennis Aces’ trophy. And to crown their exceptional achievement, the two finalists will be granted an annual bursary until their respective 16th birthdays, as well as an exhibition match with the event’s patron Alex Correjta and Longines Ambassador of Elegance Andre Agassi.
Alex Corretja © Longines
This year, Longines is celebrating Andre Agassi’s ten years as an Ambassador of Elegance for the brand. An unforgettable tennis champion, a philanthropist at heart. Since the beginning of its partnership with the American tennis legend, the Swiss watch brand is lending its support to The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, which he founded in 1994. Dedicated to transforming U.S. public education for underserved youth, the Foundation drives reform by engaging in practice, policy and partnerships that provide quality education and enrichment opportunities.
To mark this special anniversary, Andre Agassi is joining the brand today for the Longines Future Tennis Aces final, after which he will take part in the exhibition match, together with the event’s patron Alex Corretja and the two finalists.
During the afternoon, he will pay a visit to Longines boutique located at Rue de Sèvres, boasting for the next two weeks the colours of Roland-Garros, of which the brand is the Official Partner and Timekeeper.
In addition, the boutique is currently showcasing Roland-Garros Musketeers’ Cup – claimed by Andre Agassi in 1999 – as well as the Conquest Roland Garros model, the Official Watch of the French Open. Touches of orange on the hands, the dial or the flange indexes subtly hint at the iconic clay of the French Open courts, while the case back is engraved with the logo of Roland Garros.
Conquest Roland Garros © Longines