Longines Cup to Send U.S. Qualifier to Paris

Longines Cup to Send U.S. Qualifier to Paris

LONGINES CUP hosted by the City of Delray Beach
New event will send winner to Paris to represent US against international field

April 15, 2014 Contact: John Butler, (561) 350-6795, JButler@YellowTennisBall.com

Delray Beach, FL—For U.S. Girls playing in the 12’s, The Longines Cup hosted by the City of Delray Beach presented offers an opportunity to represent the “stars and stripes” amongst an international group of peers. For the 2nd consecutive year, the elite Swiss watchmaker has partnered with Players International Management (PIM), sister company of the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® ATP Tour event, on their Longines Future Tennis Aces on the Road to the French Open series of tournaments.

As the Official Timekeeper at Roland Garros, Longines is hosting 16 qualifying tournaments throughout the world for girls 12 and under with the winner of each tournament advancing to the final Longines’ Future Tennis Aces event in Paris during the French Open. In addition to winning an all-expense-paid, once-in-a-lifetime trip and the opportunity to play tennis in Paris, the winner will compete to receive financing for her tennis equipment until her 16th birthday, courtesy of Longines.

The United States leg will be played in Delray Beach at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. As home to ATP World Tour and Champions Tour events, Fed Cup and Davis Cup matches and USTA National Championships, the tennis center has seen its share of meaningful matches.

“I remember playing in the 12’s and getting my first opportunity at a big prize and traveling to play tennis. It really is a big deal. And these kids will be representing the US when they land across the ocean. Longines has created an incredible opportunity” said Ivan Baron, Tournament Director and former #1 ranked junior in the world.

New to the 2014 tournament is Presenting Sponsor, . The Venetian has partnered with PIM on a series of five regional, national and international junior events that will be played in Delray Beach, including the televised Longines Cup.

“Tennis fans love travel and represents a perfect match between their love of travel and the most popular destination in the world,” said Robert Rippee, senior vice president of marketing for .

A magazine-style TV program recapping the event and providing player and sponsor features will premiere on CSS Saturday May 10th at 12:30pm ET.

This premier event will field a boutique-style draw of eight competitors who will be divided into two groups of four playing in a round-robin format. Round-robin matches will played Saturday, April 26th with the winners of each group playing Sunday, April 27th for the title and the all-expenses paid trip to Paris.

The 2014 field includes the following top National-caliber players:

2, Gabriella Price, Montebello, NY
4, Sophia Edwards, Sarasota, FL
7, Victoria Hu, Northborough, MA
12, Lauren Anzalotta, Trujillo Alto, PR
30, Chidimma Okpara, Mc Lean, VA
31, Charlotte Owensby, Boca Raton, FL
32, Laura Stein, Paradise Valley, AZ
48, Jamilah Snells, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Round-robin groupings will be announced Thursday, April 24th.

All matches will be played at the downtown tennis center on Atlantic Avenue (exit 52 on I-95) and are FREE to the public beginning at 8:30AM, Saturday April 26th at the. The final will be Sunday April 27th, 10:00AM

Complete tournament information, including groupings, schedule and results can be found at the following:

Members of the media interested in covering the event or interviewing players should contact John Butler at 561-350-6795.

City of Delray Beach
The Venetian® Las Vegas

About Longines: Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Longines has generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships and as partner of international sports federation. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the World’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand has outlets in over 130 countries.

About The City of Delray Beach: In the southeast corner of Palm Beach County on the Atlantic seashore, a village by the sea that began as an agricultural community in 1895 has become one of Florida’s most popular destinations for visitors, new families and seasonal residents. The City of Delray Beach encompasses slightly over 16 square miles with a permanent population of nearly 65,000 and growing. Over the past decade, renewal and re-development efforts have resulted in recognition as the All-America City in 1993 and 2001, the Blue Wave designation for clean and beautiful beaches and hailed by city planners around the nation as a model for growth management. In 2012 Delray Beach was chosen by Rand McNally as the Best Small City in America.

About The Venetian® Las Vegas: The Venetian® Las Vegas, the largest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold-certified resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features Grand Canal Shoppes®, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as “Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill,” the party musical “ROCK OF AGES,” showroom headliners including Human Nature, Rita Rudner and Tim Allen and extensive convention and corporate services. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premiere loyalty program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit venetian.com, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.