They are all under the age of 13, hail from the four corners of the globe and dream of one day winning it all at the prestigious Roland Garros tournament. Partner and Official Timekeeper of the French Open, Longines is on the hunt for the champions of tomorrow, providing the chance for young tennis hopefuls to see how they measure up in a tournament worthy of the greatest professional tennis players.
For nine years now, Longines has organised a tennis tournament that brings together the most promising players under the age of 13 from their respective countries. This tournament is supported by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and aims to help these young and talented athletes to enjoy an international experience in conditions that are identical to those of Roland Garros. Each year, the participants attempt to qualify for the finals and take part in a truly exceptional exhibition match. These players, who come from all over the world, are selected by their respective tennis federations. As Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Parisian Grand Slam since 2007 and organiser of the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament (LFTA) since 2010, Longines is committed to making this adventure an everlasting memory.
In 2017, the tournament was held for the second consecutive year on the Parvis de La Défense, in the heart of Paris’ business district, on an outdoor court. For this 8th edition, the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament expanded its international scope since the Swiss watch brand invited no fewer than 20 players from as many different countries to take part in the event. In fact, four new nations – Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom and Thailand – joined Australia, China, South Korea, Spain, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States. The much-anticipated final saw Hong Kong resident Chak Lam Coleman Wong battle it out with Poland’s Martyn Pawelski, who won the match.
Accompanied all week long by former Spanish player Àlex Corretja, the young champions enjoyed a unique experience, all topped off by the two finalists squaring off in an exhibition match before him and Andre Agassi, Longines Ambassador of Elegance. The winner, Martyn Pawelski, also had the honour of throwing the toss for Sunday’s second match of the day on Court Philippe-Chatrier.