Longines Future Tennis Aces 2013
Sixteen of the world’s top boys’ 12-and-under players battled for the title of 2013 Longines Future Tennis Aces champion last week, with Germany’s Rudolf Molleker taking home the championship. Molleker defeated Carlos Sanchez Jover of Spain, 4-1, 4-0, in the final in the fourth annual tournament, which for the first time was played in front of the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) in the center of Paris. Molleker dropped just five games in four matches en route to the title. The United States representative at the event was Adam Neff of Bradenton, Fla., who faced Molleker in the first round.
Longines has been the official Partner and Timekeeper of the French Open at Roland Garros since 2007. For the first time this year, the U.S. representative was selected by virtue of winning the USTA Boys’ 12s National Spring Championships played in Delray Beach, Fla., in April. The Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament is part of Longines’ global commitment to support and develop tennis’ superstars of tomorrow.
Below, some photos from the final.
Germany’s Rudolf Molleker prepares for the final.
Carlos Sanchez Jover readies his racquet for the match.
Sabine Lisicki was one of a number of pros taking part in the event.
Molleker celebrates his final-round win, which capped off a fantastic tournament for the young German.
Ryan Harrison, Fabrice Santoro, and Arnaud Clement were on hand for the trophy ceremony.
Afterward, the junior finalists and the French players took the court for some doubles.
"The Magician" still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
It was a quite a backdrop for tennis in central Paris.