"Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros" stages a U.S. Junior tournament in Boca Raton [fr]
The French Tennis Federation (Federation Française de Tennis - FFT), organizer of the world’s premier clay court event, Roland-Garros (known as The French Open), with the support of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) launches “Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines” event in the U.S. for the first time. The junior tennis event is a U.S.-only junior tennis invitational, providing for the first time a chance to get a wild card entry to the French Open Junior Tournament.
"Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros" USA, will be held from April 19 – 22 at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton in a Roland-Garros atmosphere with newly laid red clay courts. Some of the top U-18 American players (girls and boys) will compete for a chance to enter the Roland-Garros Junior draw in Paris in May 2017.
The Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros program brings together top junior tennis players in the boys and girls categories at the national level in six countries, who face off (against each other) from February to April for the privilege of taking part in the Junior tournament at Roland-Garros.
The winners of the U.S. leg will go on to face competitors from Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea and India in the playoffs in Paris and the eventual champions will get a wild card entry to the French Open Junior Tournament.
It is a fabulous opportunity for these young tennis players to enter into the highly prestigious French Open, held every year at the Porte d’Auteuil in Paris. It is the only Grand Slam to be played on clay – one of the oldest and most noble surfaces in the history of tennis.
"We are very pleased to bring "Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros" to the United States and strengthen the relationship between our nations and among the exceptional youth athletes,” said Bernard Giudicelli, President of FFT. “Roland-Garros fosters a spirit of international competition and respect that will continue to grow with the next generation of tennis champions through this unique program.”
“This a valuable opportunity for some of our American juniors to get experience playing on red clay, it’s a unique way to promote the sport of tennis ahead of the French Open with what figures to be an exciting competition for both players and fans.” said USTA President Katrina Adams.
As part of the inaugural event, the iconic Trophies from the French Open, the Coupe des Mousquetaires and the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, will travel to South Florida, allowing fans the opportunity to pose for photos with the Trophies at multiple locations in Miami and Boca Raton during the tournament.