the French stadium organizes its 32nd edition of theOpen Youth. This internationally renowned tournament brings together the top 1,500 under-14 players (aged 14 and under) from more than 60 countries each year. The main draw for girls and boys will take place from 4 to 11 July at La Faisanderie, in the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud. This tournament appears as a preparation for future talent Roland Garros. As in previous editions, the final should take place in Porte d’Auteuil, on track 14. Ons Jabeur, Justine Henin, Daniel Medvedev, Richard Gasquet and many other professional players participated in this Open. The press conference was held during Roland Garros. The opportunity for Gilles Moretton to talk about the role of the FFT in this tournament.
Gilles Moretton: “It is legitimate for the FFT to join forces with the Stade Français …”
Gilles Moretton, president of the FFT, was present at the press conference. The latter stressed the logical support given to theOpen of France : “We will not talk about collaboration, it is legitimate for the French Tennis Federation to join forces with the Stade Français. I was stadium manager and defended the colors of the Stade Français at a time as a team, very good memories! But it is important that the FFT supports an important club for the development of tennis“.
Philippe Beylier: “Becoming the Roland-Garros of the U14 …”
Philippe Beylier, the president of the Stade Français, of course took the floor. He explained his short- and medium-term vision of the ambitions of this Open: “I would like to thank Gilles and the FFT on behalf of the entire Stade team. This support is vital and highly valued. As for the Open, it is the Stade Français’s contribution to tennis and to the promotion of our ideas: education, taste for effort, competition, respect. All of these values are essential to the personal development of teens, even more so today. Looking to the future, we have big ambitions! In the short term, we would like to become a super category and beyond, why not become the Roland-Garros of the under-14s: the world’s first clay court tournament. You always have to dream about life, that’s how you end up!“
Ons Jabeur i Raí: godmother and sponsor of the tournament
Unfortunately eliminated in the first round of Roland Garrosthe Tunisian Ons Jabeur he had already left Paris and could not be present at the press conference. However, the world’s No. 4 player and former Open participant has left a video message for players to post before the tournament begins. At the same time, the former star of Paris Saint-Germain Raisponsor of this 32nd edition, expressed his gratitude for being able to play this role: “I am proud and honored to have been asked to be the sponsor. First of all, I am a sports enthusiast. I am a person who grew up playing sports with my family. Sport can do great things for human development. I became into tennis (laughs). I am 57 years old, my goal is to make a great tournament for my 60s! Thanks again and congratulations to everyone for this amazing tournament.“
Who will succeed Laura Samsonova and Justin Engel?
Since its inception, the Stade Français Open has seen over the years the future best players on the circuit. On the part of women, Justine Henin participated in this tournament in 1994 and 1996. Other players followed: Simona Halep (2005), Jelena Ostapenko (2010), Carolina Garcia (2008), Ons Jabeur (2008). By men, Richard Gasquet (1999) was followed by many members of the next generation to know Stefanos Tsitsipas (2012), Alexander Zverev (2011), Andrei Rublev (2011) or even Daniel Medvedev (2010). During the 2021 edition, the finalists played the final on track 14 Roland Garros. Among the girls, the Czech Laura Samsonova, solid throughout the tournament, won in straight sets against Julia Stusek 6-2, 6-3. The winner of the boy’s singles was Justin Engel after three sets played against Mees Rottgering 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.