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Chapter 06


Tomorrow's Champions

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Longines Future Tennis Aces
An early dream !
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.
The 2017 Longines Future Tennis Aces competitors in the company of Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing for Longines, Bernard Giudicelli, President of the French Tennis Federation and former tennis players Àlex Corretja and Andre Agassi.
2018: a mixed edition
The 2018 edition of the Longines Future Tennis Aces will have young boys and girls from different countries competing. The week before the tournament, these young talents will take over the Longines Academy, a training camp that will enable them to familiarise themselves with the clay surface alongside specialists in this discipline. The competition will then take place on 31 May to 2 June according to a final schedule determined by draw the day before. For competitors, they must face the inherent pressure of the tournament. This pressure will rise a notch in the finals, held Saturday 2 June. In addition to a victory in a prestigious international tournament, the winners will receive a trophy, a replica of the Musketeers’ Trophy, which will be presented by FFT president Bernard Giudicelli, as well as a Longines watch. What’s more, they will receive an annual scholarship of $2,000 for their athletic equipment until their 16th birthday and, in honour of their amazing achievement, will participate in an exhibition match with former professional players.
Longines’ commitment
In recent years, Longines has been committed to supporting the champions of tomorrow and its involvement doesn’t simply extend to tennis, but also to equestrian sports with the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars, a race for young jockeys that takes place at the Prix de Diane Longines in Chantilly. Skiing is also honoured, with the Longines Future Ski Champions, a race that brings together skiers under the age of 16 as part of the Alpine Skiing World Cup.
Table of winners
Boys' winner
Girls' winner
Jaime Fermosell (ESP)
Aleksandra Pospelova (RUS)
Marko Osmakcic (SUI)
Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS)
Destanee Aiava (AUS)
Haruna Arakawa (JAP)
Rudolf Molleker (GER)
Carlos Sanchez (ESP)
Federica Rossi (ITA)
Daria Frayman (RUS)
Xiaofei Wang (CHN)
Jack Pinnington Jones (GBR)
María Dolores López Martínez (ESP)
Kristina Volgapkina (RUS)
Martyn Pawelski (POL)
Chak Lam Coleman Wong (HKG)
Martyn Pawelski from Poland, Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament champion.
With his iron will, remarkable talent and boundless determination, Rudolf Molleker is one of the rising stars of the international tennis field.
This young 17-year-old hopeful from Germany first picked up his racket at the age of 5. Several years later, in 2013, he earned a stunning victory at the Longines Future Tennis Aces. Eager to encourage the champions of tomorrow, the Swiss watch company is proud today to support this promising player by welcoming him into the Longines family as a friend of the brand.
Rudolf Molleker during his victory at the 2013 Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament.
Roland Garros
Junior Wild Card Tournament
in partnership with Longines
The winners of "Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines", Anri Nagata and Abhimanyu Vannemreddy, with Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President and Head of International Marketing for Longines and Bernard Giudicelli, President of the French Tennis Federation.
All tennis players dream of one day winning the Grand Slam: the greatest honour in the sport of tennis. However, young tennis fans rarely have the opportunity to personally attend a Grand Slam tournament, and even fewer get the chance to play against the best international players in their category.
To give as many young tennis players as possible the chance to experience the appeal of a Grand Slam at Roland Garros, the French Open organises a tournament in collaboration with Longines. The aim is to pinpoint the best clay court players from Asia and the Americas and to give them the chance to win a wild card for the Roland Garros Junior Championships. The winners of the men’s and women’s singles matches from the qualifications stage then go head to head in Paris. The male and female winners of the finals are each given the opportunity to take on the best junior players in the world at the French Open Junior tournament. This is both an extremely encouraging experience for young players and a huge boost for the long-term development of clay court tennis.

In 2017, from February to April, the competition pitted the best junior boys and girls against one another on a national scale in Japan, Brazil, China, India, the United States and South Korea to give them the chance to take part in one of the most prestigious tournaments in the tennis calendar. In total, 667 players participated in these qualifying stages. The finals were then held at Roland Garros itself. At the end of the tournament, the French Tennis Federation and the Swiss watch brand came together on the Court Philippe-Chatrier to officially present a wild card to the competition’s two overall victors, the Japanese girls’ winner Anri Nagata and the Indian boys’ champion Abhimanyu Vannemreddy… A dream come true!
Strengthened by its four years of resounding success, the tournament continues in 2018 under a new name, "Roland Garros Junior Wild Card Tournament in partnership with Longines", having established a foothold in different nations such as Brazil, China and India. As in previous years, the winners from each country go head to head in the final stage in Paris for the chance to win the golden ticket that will grant them access to the Roland Garros Junior Championships. The qualifying stages take place at the same time as the Roland Garros Amateur Series which offer stays at Roland Garros.

Anri Nagata during the final match of the competition "Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines".