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Chance for Indian players to directly participate in Junior French Open

Chance for Indian players to directly participate in Junior French Open

Indian players, along with other Asian entrants, will get the chance to compete directly in next year’s junior French Open through the inaugural Roland-Garros Junior Series, a qualifying tournament to be held in Tokyo from October 16 to 25.

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To participate in the tournament in Tokyo, players from the Asian region must first participate in the regional qualifying tournaments in Kazakhstan (5-9 August) and China (11-17 August).

The two finalists (boys and girls) in these qualifying tournaments will reserve their place for the tournament in Tokyo, where the winner will be directly admitted to the 2025 Junior French Open.

The tournament is the result of an agreement between the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and the Asian Tennis Federation (ATF).

“The motivation to focus on Asian youth stems from the continent’s relatively smaller representation among the top players in the international professional and junior rankings, especially compared to Europe and North America,” an ATF press release said.

“It is a very encouraging time for me to be part of the major initiative for the development of clay courts and the launch of the Roland-Garros Junior Series by Renault in Asia, with the joint efforts of FFT and ATF.

“We are very excited to partner with FFT to provide this premium opportunity for our deserving juniors to compete for the enviable spot at Roland-Garros Junior in 2025.

Roland-Garros has a special niche and traction in the hearts of tennis lovers and it brings great inspiration to our aspiring players. Let’s grow stronger in Asia,” said Yuriy Polskiy, ATF President.

Kei Nishikori, the first Asian tennis player to win an Olympic medal and the only Asian to reach a Grand Slam final in ATP history (2014 US Open), is the tournament

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Since 2022, the Roland-Garros Junior Series has been held in Brazil, following the same concept. It features the best Latin American juniors, such as Joao Fonseca, who won the first edition and is on the verge of reaching the ATP Top 200.

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“Following the success of Roland-Garros Junior Series by Renault in Brazil since 2022, I am delighted to expand this world-class junior event in Japan. Together with the Asian Tennis Federation and the Japanese Tennis Association, we aim to support the best Asian juniors to bring them a Roland-Garros experience in Tokyo on clay,” said Amélie Mauresmo, Roland-Garros Tournament Director.

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Since 2022, the Roland-Garros Junior Series has been held in Brazil, following the same concept. It features the best Latin American juniors, such as Joao Fonseca, who won the first edition and is on the verge of reaching the ATP Top 200.

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  • “Following the success of Roland-Garros Junior Series by Renault in Brazil since 2022, I am delighted to expand this world-class junior event in Japan. Together with the Asian Tennis Federation and the Japanese Tennis Association, we aim to support the best Asian juniors to bring them a Roland-Garros experience in Tokyo on clay,” said Amélie Mauresmo, Roland-Garros Tournament Director.

    Stay up to date with the latest news from Euro 2024. Check out Euro 2024 Match Today. See the updated list of the highest goalscorers in Euro 2024. Check out the Euro 2024 points table and Euro 2024 match results and the Euro 2024 fixtures.

    (This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published via a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

    Feroz Khan

    Feroz Khan has been involved in sports reporting for over 12 years and is currently working

    first print: Jul 11, 2024, 1:54 PM IST