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  | By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Longines, the official timekeeper and partner of the French Open, has announced the United States’ participants for the 2010 Longines Junior Tennis Challenge, a global initiative to support and develop tennis’ superstars of tomorrow. The U.S. sanctioned event will take place on Saturday, April 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center where the best players from the USTA’s Eastern Section will compete for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at Roland Garros during the French Open and receive financing for their tennis equipment until their 16th birthday.

This global tennis program will consist of national tournaments held in 16 countries for athletes between the ages of 10-12 years old. Winners from each nation will receive an all-expense paid trip to Paris to compete in the worldwide championship event on June 3-4 at Roland Garros. The winners, male and female, of the worldwide championship will then have the exclusive right to play against tennis legends and former French Open Champions Mary Pierce and Gustavo Kuerten on June 5, just prior to the French Open women’s final.

U.S. Participants for the Longines Junior Tennis Challenge include: (two Long Island players in bold)

Name USTA Eastern Ranking Hometown
Morgan Herrmann  1 Garden City, N.Y.
Gaby Pollner** 4 White Plains, N.Y.
Jessica Melanie Livianu** 5 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lauren Jane Fishbein 6 Livingston, N.J.
Sabrina Barisano 9 Yonkers, N.Y.
Jessie Cruz**  12 New Rochelle, N.Y.
Alexa Garham 16 Garden City, N.Y.
Alexandra Sabe** 18 Rye, N.Y.

**Athletes currently playing the USTA 12 National Spring Championship hosted by the city of Delray Beach, Fla.

Athletes competing in the U.S. tournament were selected on two criteria: athletic performance and commitment to give back to the community. Each registered athlete submitted a 300-word essay on philanthropy that was voted on by a panel of judges which included tennis legend and brand ambassador Stefanie Graf. Countries hosting junior female tournaments include Poland, China, Hong Kong, Russia, Germany, Singapore and Taiwan. Male athletes will represent Australia, China, France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Japan and Mexico.

Providing coaching and encouragement to all of the participants in the Roland Garros championship event will be Longines ambassadors of elegance, Agnieszka Radwanska and Tsung-Hua Yang, two of the top emerging stars on the ATP and WTA tours, and legendary tennis player Mansour Bahrami. At the close of play following the world finals, Longines will present a generous gift of $100,000 to support the Agassi Foundation for Education and Children for Tomorrow, charities of brand ambassadors Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf.