Tennis: S'pore youth player Matthias Wong bags Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament spot

National junior tennis player Matthias Wong during the final day of the Singapore qualifying trial for the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament.
National junior tennis player Matthias Wong during the final day of the Singapore qualifying trial for the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - National junior tennis player Matthias Wong clinched a place in the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament in Paris after winning the Singapore qualifying trial on Friday (April 7).

The 12-year-old, who was undefeated throughout the April 3-7 qualifying trial, beat fellow 12-year-old Joshua Cheng 6-1 7-5 in the final at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

He will join 19 other tennis players under age 13, each of different nationality, at the June 1-3 Longines tournament, which takes place alongside the French Open - tennis' second Grand Slam of the year.

Besides a tournament cup, the overall winner will receive a Longines watch and an annual tennis scholarship, valued at US$2,000 (S$2,800) per year, until they turn 16.

Matthias, who has been playing tennis for eight years, told The Straits Times: "I'm expecting that there will be a lot of good players (in Paris) and I hope to learn from them so I know what to improve on."