The USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12s National Spring Championships is pleased to welcome one of the world’s most prestigious watchmakers – Longines – as a presenting sponsor for this year’s tournament. Considered one of the nation’s most prominent amateur tennis tournaments, this televised event will bring the country’s highest-ranked 256 players, 12 years old and younger, to compete in Delray Beach, Florida, April 7-12, 2013. Longines has a heralded tennis heritage serving as the official timekeeper and partner of the French Open. The Spring Championships will also serve as the U.S. qualifier for Longines Future Tennis Aces with the winner of the Boys 12s singles division earning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris to play against qualifiers from 16 other nations. Participants must be born after June 1, 2000 to be eligible for the grand prize. In addition to winning an all-expense-paid trip and the opportunity to play tennis in the center of Paris, the U.S. qualifier will compete to receive financing for his tennis equipment until his 16th birthday, courtesy of Longines.
“We are thrilled to welcome Longines to Delray Beach as a presenting sponsor at the USTA 12s National Spring Championships,“ said Ivan Baron, Tournament Chairman. “This brand has an impressive reputation which includes an amazing tennis legacy. It is wonderful to have them engaged in youth initiatives and dedicated to the future of the sport.” Longines looks to build upon the success of the program over the past three years. Previous Longines Future Tennis Aces U.S. qualifying tournaments took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the U.S. Open, in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and included selected players from the USTA’s Eastern, Middle States, New England and Northern California sections. Longines has been the proud Official Partner and Timekeeper of the French Open at Roland-Garros since 2007. Longines Future Tennis Aces – On the Road to the French Open is part of Longines’ global commitment to support and develop tennis’ superstars of tomorrow. All the players who qualify for the tournament will have the opportunity to visit the red-clay courts of Roland Garros and attend a French Open match. Other countries participating in Future Tennis Aces program include Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italia, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the U.S. The USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12s National Spring Championships is produced by Players International Management, Inc., sister company of Match Point, Inc. which produces the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (ATP World Tour & ATP Champions Tour). The tournament will take place at courts/tennis facilities throughout South Palm Beach County, and will be open to the public to watch the matches. In addition, a televised show highlighting the finals of both the boys and girls singles finals will air regionally on Comcast Sports Southeast to five million homes. Complete tournament information/locations can be found at www.YellowTennisBall.com Other sponsors of the USTA Boys’ & Girls’ 12s National Spring Championships include: HOST CITY:
- City of Delray Beach
- Longines – Official Watch Sponsor
- Palm Beach County Sports Commission/Palm Beach County TDC
- Prince – Official Racket, String and Grip Sponsor
- Academia Sanchez-Casal – Official Tennis Academy of the Girls’ 12s Division
- Athletic DNA
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Evert Tennis Academy – Official Academy Sponsor of the Boys’ 12s Division
- Wilson – Official Ball
- The Hyatt Place – Delray Beach
- The Seagate Hotel & Spa
- Springhill Suites Suites & Towneplace Suites Boca Raton
- Wyndham Hotel – Boca Raton
ABOUT LONGINES Longines has been based at Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. It has generations of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of international sports federations. Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting links with the equestrian sports. Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is the winged hourglass, has outlets in over 130 countries.