Swiss watchmaker Longines peers into the future of competitive tennis
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