“The city is so big and vast”
For example, French car maker Peugeot Citroen has a joint venture with Chinese car brand Dongfeng Motor, which sponsors the Wuhan Open.
The ball kid exchange programme between the French Open and Wuhan, which is organised by the WTA, “is good for young children, to better understand each other,” said De Grailly.
Wuhan, best-known for its automotive and high-tech industries, is transforming itself into an economic powerhouse and mega-city cluster of 30 million people by 2025.
Its slogan “Wuhan. Different every day” isn’t just a slogan, it is a fact: cranes and vast building sites can be seen everywhere you look.
For the four ball kids, it took some getting used to.
“The city is so big and vast,” said Paul Besse, 15, from Bordeaux. “There are so many buildings,” added Camille Galloy, 15, from Paris.
“This is my first time in Asia,” said Gaelle Mangin, 14, from Angers. “It is so different from Europe and France, the culture, the construction sites, everything is huge.”