A wildcard in the French Open junior at stake, top sixteen boys and girls will compete at Rendez-vous a Roland-Garros Masters at the DLTA Sports Complex here from April 18 to 19 to qualify for the playoffs in Paris, the organisers said on Wednesday.
Three-time Roland Garros winner Arantxa Sanchez Vicario will attend the Masters in New Delhi as the brand ambassador for Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines.
“I am extremely excited to be part of the Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines. Such initiatives help us grow the talent map for tennis across the world and I am very impressed with the Indian talent I am seeing today in the global circuit,” Arantxa said.
“I have always felt that learning tennis on clay builds a very strong foundation for young talent. Having global partners like Longines really helps such tournaments to grow and nurture grass roots level talent.”
A qualifying round will be held at Pune and Kolkata next month to select the top 16 boys and girls who will play at the third edition of the Masters in April. The main draw of the qualifiers will consist of 64 boys and 48 girls.
The winners of the Indian leg will then go on to face the winners from Brazil, South Korea, China, Japan & the United States in the playoffs in Paris and the eventual champions will get a wild card entry to the French Open Junior.