On Saturday, BNP Paribas launched two new international teams of young talent Belgium, under the auspices of Justine Hénin, and Poland, with Mariusz Fyrstenberg in the locker rooms of the Court Philippe-Chatrier in Roland-Garros.
Pretty people gathered on Saturday morning at the Philippe-Chatrier Court Boxes in Roland-Garros. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Justine Hénin, John McEnroe and Gilles Moretton were present for the occasion. BNP Paribas, through its Team Jeunes Talents, is opening up a little more internationally with the arrival of two new Teams and, therefore, a new godmother and a godfather. Team Jeunes Talents Belgique, led by Justine Hénin, four-time Roland-Garros winner and godmother, as well as Poland, led by Mariusz Fyrstenberg, captain of the Polish Davis Cup team and godfather, are the newcomers. Around these great tennis personalities were 40 young people who are part of the project launched by the French bank. Since its launch, 150 teenagers have been able to participate in the program.
” It is an immense pride and honor to have great champions like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John McEnroe, Justine Hénin and Mariusz Fyrstenberg as godparents.presents Bertrand Cizeau, Director of Communications and Deputy Director of Corporate Commitment BNP Paribas. We are aware that tennis is an expensive sport. Through this device, we want to make a social and economic contribution to brilliant young people so that they can continue their professional career. » BNP Paribas has been a historical partner of Roland-Garros since 1972.
Transmitting a passion for tennis
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Justine Hénin and John McEnroe are conquered by this program. ” It is an extraordinary program. I would have loved to participate when I was his age “, exclaims the very young retiree. Its American counterpart follows the same: “It is important to have a long-standing tennis partner, such as BNP Paribas, who makes this type of program possible. Together, we want to make tennis more accessible. I dream that one day we will make a child from New York City the winner of Wimbledon, the US Open or even Roland-Garros! » If tennis plays a major role in this tool, the intrinsic values of young tennis players are equally important for success. Physical and mental criteria are also scrutinized very closely, especially in Italy, as acknowledged by Tathiana Garbin, extennista and godmother of Team Italy Young Talents.
” I would like to thank BNP Paribas for their trust, we are very happy that Belgium can be part of the program. It’s a great opportunity to give more support to some players. They are a really valuable help, we will try to honor this trust as best we can., reveals Justine Hénin. I want to add before ” pass on the passion for tennis to these young people and make them understand that it takes time and investment to be able to achieve their dreams. » His U.S. teammate John McEnroe wants to take care of these young people and give them pleasure. The winner of the legendary Parisian youth tennis tournament in 1977 took the opportunity to praise the former tennis players (Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Justine Hénin) who created academies for young people.
The whole family of #TeamsYoungTalents gathered in @Roland Garros welcome 2️⃣ new teams @ BNPPFBelgium & @BNPparibas_PL ! What progress has been made since the creation of the initiative in 2018 to support the new generation of #tennis ! @BertrandCizeau pic.twitter.com/iKZTRUv8tQ
– BNP Paribas Group (@BNPParibas) May 28, 2022
BNP Paribas Team Jeunes Talents, a project that goes beyond sport
BNP Paribas Team Jeunes Talents is not just a sports project. It’s also a way to make tennis accessible to as many people as possible. To these 5 teams that participate in the next generation of world tennis while guaranteeing equal opportunities are added 2 programs that contribute to inclusion through high level tennis with the BNP Paribas Kids Fête le Mur Team, sponsored by Yannick Noah and that allows a neighborhood youth to discover the practice of tennis at the highest level as an additional asset to build their future. BNP Paribas ’Rising Star program in South Africa, starring Kevin Anderson, allows young South African schoolchildren to benefit from dedicated training and competitions.
Each point is counted as follows: 1 point = 1 €. This gives children the opportunity to go on holiday. In this way, each point obtained by a member of the BNP Paribas Young Talents Team in the professional circuits allows to finance a solidarity project in favor of the inclusion of the younger generations. This project will allow 50 young people supported in France by the Fondation Les Apprentis d’Auteuil to go on holiday and participate in tennis courses organized in collaboration with the FFT, as well as other sports and cultural activities (basketball, skating, cinema. ..).
Arthur Cazaux, a member of the BNP Paribas Young Talents France team, is excited about taking on more responsibilities, especially at the social level: “I am very proud to be part of the BNP Paribas Young Talents team. This solidarity project allows us to be even more responsible and have, when we are on the track, extra energy to add the maximum points, not only for us but also for these children. ” Aside from this event, the draw for the Junior Tournaments was announced at the BNP Paribas venues and allowed the 8 young talents of the BNP Paribas teams to immerse themselves in their tournament.