The 24th Youth OPEN Stade Français / BNP-PARIBAS Cup will gather, under UNESCO's patronage, the best young tennis players from all over the world, from 8 to 14 July 2013, at the Domaine de Saint-Cloud, near Paris (France).
Considered as a true "Roland-Garros " for youth aged 13 to 14 years, this international tournament on clay gathers this year girls and boys from 65 countries.
During an entire week, they compete under the gaze of the three sponsors of the 2013 edition: former world n° 1 and UNESCO Champion for Sport, Justine Henin, former Technical Director of French Tennis, Patrice Hagelauer, and his successor, French tennis player, Arnaud Di Pasquale.
But it will not be just a matter of competition.
As usual, the Youth Tennis OPEN Stade Français / BNP-PARIBAS Cup will offer educational workshops which will take place this year at the heart of the 'village' of the tournament on two major themes: sustainable development and disability.
The young participants will have the opportunity to participate in many activities outside the courts: conferences of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on the dangers of doping; exhibitions; cultural visits; educational workshops; quiz games on recycling, the European Union or major anniversaries celebrated in 2013; operation "Worthy Youth from disadvantaged backgrounds", etc.
At the end of the tournament, the "Fair play trophy" will also be awarded to a young person who will have had the best behaviour on and off the court.
In a message to the organizers of the competition, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said that "for over a decade, UNESCO has been mobilized alongside the Stade Français to associate the pursuit of sporting excellence with educational and cultural ambition."
Stressing that "UNESCO engages in sport because physical education and sport are pillars of civic education and because sport brings us together", the Director-general continues: "It is social cement, a tool of cohesion and inclusion, of dialogue between cultures."
According to Irina Bokova, "by bringing together the world’s best tennis players of tomorrow, the OPEN Stade Français / BNP-PARIBAS Cup is the ideal place to strengthen the values of fair play among the next generation of champions".
Formidable springboard to the top for all young players, this event has seen in twelve years of existence many young talents who have become, since then, European or junior champions, winners of Grand slam tournaments or Olympic medalists.
Among them: Justine HENIN, Caroline WOZNIACKI, Jo-Wilfried TSONGA, Gaël MONFILS, Andy MURRAY, Gilles SIMON, Wes AZARENKA, Juan-Martin DEL POTRO, Fernando GONZALES, Mickael LLODRA, Richard GASQUET, Sania MIRZA, Agnieszka RADWANSKA, Marcos BAGHDATIS, Julien BENETTEAU, Donald YOUNG, Ryan HARRISON, Marion BARTOLI, Tatiana GOLOVIN, Elena DANIILIDOU, Agnes SZAVAI, Shuai PENG, Irina-Camelia BEGU, Monica NICULESCU, Ksenia a., Tamira PASZEK, Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV, Kevin ANDERSON, and Kei NISHIKORI.