"Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros" The grand finale on Paris' Champ-de-Mars
This Sunday, the clay court for the "Roland-Garros in the City" event, set up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for the duration of the tournament, hosted the final phase of the "Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros" event, launched in 2014 with the support of Longines.
Following the resounding success of the first event in China in 2014, the "Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros" event, sponsored by Longines, this year included India and Brazil. During the three tournaments held − one in each country − the top junior players battled it out (24 in total in China, 32 in India and Brazil). The matches took place in India (New Delhi) from April 1-4, China (Shanghai) from March 19-22 and Brazil (Sao Paolo) from April 16-19.
The six winners (3 boys and 3 girls) were expected in Paris, on the Champ-de-Mars, to play in the final phase of the competition. The winners were Gabriel Decamps (BRA) and Shuyue Ma (CHN) and their prize is a wild card entry into the juniors singles main draw, which will begin on Sunday, May 31.
This event is a part of the Roland-Garros international development strategy. The French Tennis Federation signed cooperation agreements with the Chinese, Indian and Brazilian tennis federations. This involves sending coaches to these countries to train players, and trainers and federation directors from those countries are also invited to France where they take courses. It is also an opportunity to promote clay-court tennis.
"Creating ties with China, Brazil and India is an important aspect of the Federation's strategy", explains Jérémy Botton, delegate director general of the French Tennis Federation. "The FFT wants to develop and promote clay-court tennis, and strengthen its influence in the constantly-evolving world of tennis. Our love affair with China is a clear success and gave us the idea to look to other countries − this year it's India and Brazil. Special events like "Rendez-vous à Roland-Garros" and "RG in the City" are more than just events − we are forging strong connections that are of great importance for the future of Roland-Garros."
Gabriel Decamps (BRA) d. Chengze Lyu (CHN) 6/1 6/3
Gabriel Decamps (BRA) d. Basil Khuma (IND) 6/2 6/2
Basil Khuma (IND) d. Chengze Lyu (CHN) 6/3 6/4
Shuyue Ma (CHN) d. Maria-Clara Silva (BRA) 6/3 6/4
Maria-Clara Silva (BRA) d. Sathwika Sama (IND) 2/6 7/6(3) 6/3
Shuyue Ma (CHN) d. Sathwika Sama (IND) 1/6 6/4 7/5
Brazilian Gabriel Decamps will receive a wild card entry into the boys singles main draw; the wild card for the girls singles will be given to Shuyue Ma (CHN).