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BNP Paribas and tennis: a game of loyalty
For more than 45 years, BNP Paribas has supported the sport of tennis, sharing its values of fair play, responsiveness and high performance. Now the leading partner of tennis worldwide, the Group sponsors the sport’s biggest events and has created a global community of tennis fans through wearetennis.bnpparibas, a website entirely dedicated the latest in tennis news.
40 years on the same team
It all started in 1973, when the French Tennis Federation asked BNP Paribas to finance the construction of the center court box seats at Roland Garros Stadium. In recognition of this partnership, three letters appeared on the famous court cover: BNP became the official sponsor of the Roland Garros French Open, now one of the world’s foremost sporting events.
40 years later
#FAAPointsForChange: BNP Paribas is sponsoring Félix Auger-Aliassime in his efforts to promote children’s education in Togo
Félix Auger-Aliassime is one of the most promising tennis players of his generation. Determined to make his career more meaningful beyond his sporting results and to have a positive impact on society, he has joined forces with BNP Paribas and the NGO CARE to link his performance on the court to a personal pledge.
Thanks to the #FAAPointsForChange programme, each point won by Félix Auger-Aliassime will help fund CARE’s EduChange programme, which promotes education and protection for children in the Kara region of Togo, Félix’s father’s country of origin.
The purpose behind #FAAPointsForChange is to win as many points as possible in order to provide school supply kits, training courses, teaching materials and sports equipment to more than 2,500 children.
BNP Paribas Young Talent Teams: turning today’s promising youngsters into the champions of tomorrow!
In 2018 BNP Paribas launched an initiative to help create the next generation of top-level tennis players. A total of 50 talented young hopefuls, aged between 5 and 18, are involved in a number of support programmes in France and the United States created by BNP Paribas:
- BNP Paribas Young Talent Team, in association with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and sponsored by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. This programme was launched in May 2018 and has two aims: to help talented young French players move forward in the sport and to provide them and their families with personal support as they pursue their dreams. The programme’s first Team, announced in September 2018, comprises 10 young players. A further 10 will join the programme in September 2019.
- BNP Paribas Mac 1 Team in the United States, in partnership with John and Patrick McEnroe's tennis academy. This programme provides 10 young American players from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy with two types of support, one related to sport and the other a more personal assistance, in order to give them the best chance of reaching the highest level of competition.
Fête le Mur Kids Team, a competitive team sponsored by Yannick Noah’s Fête le Mur association for 20 young players aged between 5 and 9. This programme helps prepare the youngsters for the challenges of competition through personal development.
These three initiatives are part of the BNP Paribas Group’s commitment policy towards today’s youth and are designed to support equal opportunities and inclusion for young people.
A passionate commitment
Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, the BNP Paribas Masters, the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open and Cup and more.
Roland Garros was just the first in a long series of partnerships with tennis tournaments and competitions all around the world.
BNP Paribas: a partner of every kind of tennis
Beyond the highly publicized major tournaments, BNP Paribas has become the leading partner of tennis in all its forms. We support – and sponsor – men’s and women’s tennis, local, family and university events, international tournaments and parasports events.
BNP Paribas is committed to amateur tennis, and has sponsored more than:
A unique platform devoted to tennis
In 2011, BNP Paribas created wearetennis.bnpparibas and its associated social networks, a platform entirely dedicated to tennis news providing a constant flow of information covering all players, all tournaments, all around the world.
We Are Tennis also showcases all the enthusiasm of a committed sponsor eager to share its passion for tennis and provide fans with the opportunity to enjoy unique experiences.
Our efforts helped achieve a record attendance for a tennis match with 27,448 spectators!
“We Are Tennis Fan Academy”
Now the leading partner of tennis worldwide, BNP Paribas continues to innovate: in 2015, the Group created the “We Are Tennis Fan Academy”, with international tennis legend John McEnroe as the organization’s Captain and Ambassador. This is the world’s first academy for tennis fans: its aim is to recruit and train “super fans” who adhere to the rules of the game and demonstrate a sense of fair play, who will then go enliven the various tournaments and competitions sponsored by BNP Paribas, all around the world.
The adventure continues in 2016, in order to keep creating unique atmospheres on tennis courts.
The community program
BNP Paribas launched the We Are Tennis community program in France in 2012. It works towards two main goals: financing projects to improve quality of life and welcoming services in pediatric hospitals, as well as ensuring the children’s access to our tournaments so they can spend a fun moment enjoying tennis.
In 2015, We Are Tennis created the “Aces du Coeur”
In each tournament sponsored by BNP Paribas, one or several official
matches on the schedule of play are chosen to raise funds for a project
within a hospital. During each “Aces du Coeur”, every point scored by
either player raises a funding counter by one tick. As soon as the
fundraising target is reached, the challenge is complete and the
hospital’s project receives funding.
Go behind the scenes
Since 2000, BNP Paribas has also been involved in selecting ball girls and boys at the Roland Garros French Open. In 2015, these young athletes were featured in a documentary, Terre de rêve, which followed the ball kids through every step of the selection process and was broadcast before the start of the competition. The film was a way to honor these quiet participants to each competition.
Over the course of the tournament, ball girls and boys run some 30,000 km across all courts, collecting nearly 300,000 balls and handing out 5,000 towels!
Over the course of the tournament, ball girls and boys, it's:
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