The Longines Future Junior Aces Tournament Lucky Draw was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris on Wednesday. The Tennis Aces event is a global tennis challenge for junior tennis’ rising stars ages 10-12 created by Longines to identify and develop rising tennis’ stars of tomorrow.
Tsung-Hua Yang, an ATP touring professional, and Juan Capelli, the vice president of marketing of Longines, did the honors and placed the names on the draw board as they were drawn. U.S. representative, New Jersey’s Lauren Fishbein, 12, will take on Niki Chia, the number one 12-and-under player from Singapore, in the second match on at approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Countries represented at the event besides Singapore and the United States, include Russia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Poland. Boys on hand represent Italy, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, Spain and Australia.
The semifinals and finals will take place on Court 16 starting at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, June 4.
• Qualifying events were held in 16 countries across the globe during the months of March-May to determine participants for Future Junior Aces.
• U.S. qualifier Fishbein is from Livingston, New Jersey. She won the U.S. qualifier by defeating Gaby Pollner, age 12.
• Winners of Future Tennis Aces (male and female) will have the opportunity to play a mixed doubles match against past French Open champions Gustavo Kuerten and Mary Pierce on the grounds of Roland Garros on Saturday before the women’s final.
• After the match, a check for $100,000 will be presented to the foundations of brand ambassadors and tennis legends Stefanie Graf (Children for Tomorrow) and Andre Agassi (Andre Agassi Foundation for Education).
• The winner of Longines Tennis Aces will also receive financing for tennis equipment until their 16th birthday, courtesy of Longines.
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