LONGINES Future Tennis Aces on the road to the French Open 2017

 

Sixteen of the top 13 & Under juniors took part in the Hong Kong selection event seeking for a coveted place at the LONGINES Future Tennis Aces 2017.  Coleman Wong justified his top billing by defeating Maxwell Heward in the final to claim his ticket to Paris where he will compete against some of the world's best players in his age group.

Players from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand, Russia, Switzerland, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Austria, USA, and Australia will join the HK rep on the Parisienne red clay during the opening week of Roland Garros later this summer.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Hong Kong to compete against other great players in France.  I will get well prepared for the challenge and give my best performance!" he said with a big smile.

HKTA President, Philip Mok, enthused, "What a wonderful opportunity for him to compete against the best players in his age group from around the world. The overall experience from this trip will broaden his horizons and hopefully help him set even bigger goals for the future."

Coleman won the B12 singles title at the Hong Kong National Junior Tennis Championships in 2015 and 2016. This year, in the B14 age group, he reached the semis in singles and won the doubles together with Tim Gauntlett.

He is also a member of Hong Kong's B14 team that competed at the WJT Asia/Oceania Qualifying event in Bangkok last month.

Coleman is the current No. 1-ranked player in the 13 & Under age group in Hong Kong.

To prepare the players for the tournament, former Spanish world No. 2 Alex Corretja will be in Paris in May to share some inside knowledge on clay court tennis during their training sessions.

The pair of finalists will receive a special invitation to join Corretja an exhibition match and the chance to receive an annual bursary of US$2,000 for tennis equipment until his 16th birthday.

Aside from competing in the annual tournament, the players will get to visit some of the most iconic sites in the French capital. Outings to the Eiffel Tower and dinner aboard the Bateaux Parisien are examples from previous itineraries.

A player from Hong Kong first competed at the Longines Future Tennis Aces at Roland Garros in 2010. The event alternates between boys and girls from one year to the next. Former representatives:

 

Year Player
2010 Abigail Chiu
2011 Lawrence Lo
2012 Claudia Ng
2013 Stephen Wong
2014 Justine Leong
2015 Kevin Wong
2016 Candy Wai

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results
LONGINES Future Tennis Aces on the road to the French Open
Hong Kong Sports Institute, Shatin
April 23, 2017

Semifinals
(1)Coleman Wong d. (4)Curtis Tan 4-0 4-2
(3)Maxwell Heward d. Max Kwok 5-4(6) 5-3

Final
(1)Coleman Wong d. (3)Maxwell Heward 4-0 4-0





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