High­light

Swiss watch­maker Longines peers into the fu­ture of com­pet­i­tive ten­nis

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Calibre - WORDS BY SEAN MOSSADEG PHO­TOS BY LONGINES

Au­gust Man was in­vited to wit­ness Swiss watch­maker Longines’ Fu­ture Ten­nis Aces tour­na­ment which took place right un­der the Eif­fel Tower in Paris

THE IDEA OF watch­ing ten­nis be­ing played un­der the fa­mous struc­ture of the Eif­fel Tower might sound like a bour­geoisie dream. How­ever, at close quar­ters, the sport proves that it is any­thing but lux­u­ri­ous, re­gard­less of where it is played.

I’ll be frank. My clos­est ex­pe­ri­ence with ten­nis was at­tempt­ing the sport once be­cause an ex-girl­friend played it, and re­al­is­ing I wasn’t quite cut out for it (those rack­ets are heav­ier than they look).

So when AUGUSTMAN was in­vited by Longines to wit­ness the fi­nals of the brand’s Fu­ture Ten­nis Aces tour­na­ment in Paris, I had my doubts I’d en­joy it in any mea­sure.

But sport tends to do what sport does best. Much like how the World Cup draws out peo­ple who don’t know the dif­fer­ence be­tween off­side and on­side every four years, a ten­nis match can eas­ily ful­fil that adren­a­line crav­ing sports junkies look for. To add to the mix, the Fu­ture Ten­nis Aces tour­na­ment (held in con­junc­tion with the famed Roland Garros) saw kids play­ing for their fu­tures in the sport, quite lit­er­ally.

A Fu­ture To Look For­ward To

This year marked the ninth edi­tion of Longines’ Fu­ture Ten­nis Aces, a com­pe­ti­tion ini­ti­ated by the Swiss watch­maker that in­vites 40 in­ter­na­tional ten­nis play­ers un­der the age of 13 from all around the world, to un­dergo a train­ing camp be­fore com­pet­ing. The cov­eted prize? An an­nual bur­sary till their 16th

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