Longines Future Tennis Aces 2017
One of our favorite watch brands, Longines, recently invited Men's Fashion Post to be part of their VIP Press Trip to Paris for the French Open also known as Roland Garros. As you know Longines is the Official Timekeeper for the French Open. However, the main focus of our trip was to cover this year's Logines Future Tennis Aces (LFTA). Since 2010, Longines has given promising young tennis players the chance to enter for a chance to enjoy a unique shared sporting experience. The LFTA tournament is a perfect opportunity for rising stars to go head to head with other top players from around the globe. Longines has organized the LFTA for a group of 20 young athletes all under 13 years of age each representing their own country. This experience is supported by the French Tennis Federation and aims to help these young and talented athletes to enjoy an international experience in conditions that are identical to those of Roland Garros. So please follow along as we go through this year's LFTA tournament with Longines.
The first matter of business was the Lucky Draw which was hosted inside the actual Eiffel Tower. An iconic location for this event really set the tone for the rest of the LFTA tournament. Once each ball was pulled and the young tennis players were assigned, we had the opportunity to learn more about LFTA and the importance of having tournaments like these for the young generation. But one thing that everyone was able to take away from the Lucky Draw was the amazing views of the location and the enormous trophy that the winner was going to be awarded with.
The next day was the start of the LFTA tournament which allowed us to see which young athletes were standing out from the rest. Because Men's Fashion Post is based in Los Angeles, we were naturally rooting for Nishesh Basavareddy, the young athlete that represented the United States. Although Nishesh advanced to the second round, he was unable to make it to the semi-finals. Nevertheless, the tournament carried on, eventually two top players remained for the finals. It was between Polish player Martyn Pawelski and Chak Lam Coleman Wong of Hong Kong. After the finals, Martyn Pawelski took the victory and won the 2017 edition of the Longines Future Tennis Aces in Paris.
Once the tournament was over, it was time for Andre Agassi and Alex Corretja to join the two finalists in a match against one another. It was a fun game between four talented athletes. But it was sure amazing to see tennis legends like Agassi to participate in the LFTA and show what a role model looks like. After this fun game between seasoned and fresh tennis players, it was time to present the winner with the LFTA trophy and beautiful Longines watches.
Poland's Martyn Pawelski won the eighth Longines Future Tennis Aces final, held on a clay court set up at La Défense, Paris’ famous financial district. The trophies were given out by Bernard Giudicelli, FFT President, and Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing and Andre Agassi, Longines Ambassador of Elegance.
Thank you Longines for having Men's Fashion Post be part of the VIP Press Experience.