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Lim Wins the Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament

April 17, 2012 01:28 PM
Rachel Lim
Eleven-year-old Rachel Lim of Briarcliff Manor, NY won the third-annual Longines Future Tennis Aces – On the Road to the French Open U.S. Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, April 14 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, site of the US Open, in Flushing Meadows, NY. Lim defeated Amanda Nord of Pittsburgh, Pa., 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 in the championship match and will represent the United States when she competes against world finalists from 15 countries around the world at the global event at Roland Garros during the final weekend of the French Open. 
Lim, who will turn 12 on April 25, competed against 15 other top-ranked players from the USTA Eastern, Middle States, New England and Northern California Sections, as well as the Harlem Junior Tennis League in the USTA-sanctioned event on Saturday, which was hosted in partnership with TENNIS Magazine. Tennis Legend and founder of the WTA Billie Jean King and 1993 French Open doubles champion Luke Jensen were on hand to offer inspiration to the young players.
"After losing the first set I had to regroup and think of a new way to win, then I won the second set 6-2," said Lim. "The tie-breaker was really close, but I managed to pull the rabbit out of the hat and win."
In addition to winning an all-expense paid trip to Roland Garros, Lim will compete for a chance to play with former world No. 1 Stefanie Graf in a match prior to the French Open Women’s Final and financing for her tennis equipment until her 16th birthday, courtesy of Longines. 
Graf, who has been a Longines Ambassador of Elegance since 2007, assisted in selecting the 16 U.S. competitors, who were asked to write a 300-word essay on philanthropy. The girls were selected on two criteria: athletic performance and commitment to give back to the community.
"Congratulations to Rachel and all of the remarkable young athletes here at the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament today," said Jennifer Judkins, Longines U.S. Brand President. "We are proud to support the future of tennis and look forward to watching Rachel represent the U.S. at Roland Garros. As the official timekeeper of the French Open, Longines is proud to continue its support for the sport of tennis, the development of children and its work with Longines Brand Ambassadors Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf’s important charities, the Andre Agassi Foundation and Children for Tomorrow."  
2012 Longines Future Tennis Aces U.S. qualifying tournament runner-up Nord and consolation draw winner Elena Van Linge of Menlo Park, Calif. were presented with tickets to the 2012 US Open.
Countries hosting similar nationwide tournaments include Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italia, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Full results from the U.S. finals of the 2012 Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament can be found here.
U.S. participants for the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament included:
Maria Mateas, Braintree, MA
Alexis Almy, Southborough, MA
Peri Sheinin, East Greenwich, RI
Amanda Nord**, Pittsburgh, PA
Ann Li, Devon, PA
Tess Fisher, Vineland, NJ
Marcella L. Cruz, Marlboro, NJ
Scarlett Fallon Blydenburgh, Chatham, NJ                             &nb​sp;               
Rachel Lim*, Briarcliff Manor, NY
Chelsea Williams, Brooklyn, NY
Michelle Sorokko, Douglaston, NY
Sarah Rahman, East Elmhurst, NY
Jennifer Yu, Forest Hills, NY
Elena Van Linge***, Menlo Park, CA
Zora Hall, Harlem, NY
Cameron Dunbar, Tarrytown, NY
*U.S. Champion, 2012 Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament
**Runner-Up, 2012 Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament, U.S.
***Consolation Draw Winner, 2012 Longines Future Tennis Aces Tournament, U.S.
Last year, Michael Chen Zhao of Princeton Junction, N.J., won the Future Tennis Aces all-boys event and the trip to Paris, where he fell to the Great Britain national champion in the quarterfinals. Participants in the 2011 tournament were selected by fellow Longines Ambassador of Elegance and Hall of Famer Andre Agassi.
The Future Tennis Aces – On the Road to the French Open is part of Longines’ global commitment to support and develop tennis’ superstars of tomorrow. All the players who qualify for the Paris event will have the opportunity to attend the French Open Women’s Final on June 9.
Contact: Noah Gold / Dana Gordon / Brener Zwikel & Associates
and Jessica Kingsland / Longines