Tennis: Local junior Tessa Wong wins chance to compete in Longines tournament in Paris

Young local tennis junior Tessa Wong edged out five other hopefuls on Friday at the Kallang Tennis Centre to win a coveted spot at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament in Paris next month. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Young local tennis junior Tessa Wong edged out five other hopefuls on Friday at the Kallang Tennis Centre to win a coveted spot at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament in Paris next month. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Young local tennis junior Tessa Wong edged out five other hopefuls on Friday at the Kallang Tennis Centre to win a coveted spot at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament in Paris next month.

The 13-year-old will play in the Under-13 tournament, which runs alongside the French Open and features players from 16 countries.

She was undefeated in the trials conducted by the Singapore Tennis Association, beating Tammy Tan, Lynelle Lim, Mary Claire Sia, 13, Joelle Goh, 12, and Clare Cheng, 11.

"I'm very excited as I'll get to play players from all around the world and I'm very grateful for this opportunity," she told The Straits Times shortly after her win.

The winner of the tournament will be awarded a scholarship worth US$2,000 (S$2,500) annually until the age of 16 and a chance to play with professionals. Previous winners have earned the rare opportunity to play with legends such as 22-time Major champion Steffi Graf.

The Swiss watchmaker has been the official timekeeper for the French Open since 2007, and is now into its sixth year of running the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament.