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Longines Rising Tennis Stars

Longines sponsors young tennis champions from all around the world.
This program supports young talent tennis players in the development of their career.
  • Grigor Dimitrov
    Grigor Dimitrov
    Grigor Dimitrov
    Grigor Dimitrov is currently the number one tennis player from Bulgaria. Grigor has won four ATP Challenger tournaments (four ATP Challenger tournaments back-to-back) and reached the final at the ATP 250 tournament in Brisbane (Australia) in January 2013. 
    As a junior professional, Grigor was the Wimbledon Junior Champion (2008) and US Open Junior Champion (2008).  He reached a career high junior ranking of No. 3 in the world and the 31st place in March 2013 on the ATP Pro Tour.
    Born and raised in Haskovo (Bulgaria), Grigor learned to play tennis at the age of five.  He trains at Good to Great Tennis Academy in Sweden, which is run by ex-touring pros Magnus Norman, Nicklas Kulti, and Mikael Tillström. His ambition is to be No. 1 in the world. 
  • Tiago Fernandes
    Tiago Fernandes
    Tiago Fernandes
    Tiago Fernandes is the number one tennis player from Brazil under 21 years old.  Best ranked in August 2011 as the No. 371 on the ATP Tour rankings, he is internationally recognized as the next up-and-coming tennis sensation from South America.  Tiago’s professional accomplishments include reaching the finals at the ATP Challenger in Recife (Brazil) in 2011 and the semifinals in three ITF Futures events in Brazil.
    As a junior professional, Tiago reached a career high junior ranking of No. 1.  Tiago was the first Brazilian player to be ranked ITF Junior No. 1 in the world.  His junior career highlights include, Australian Open Junior Champion (2010), Roland Garros Junior Quarterfinalist (2010), US Open Junior Quarterfinalist (2009) and five ITF Junior titles.  Tiago was born in Maceio (Brazil) and is coached by Larri Passos.
  • Tsung-Hua Yang
    Tsung-Hua Yang
    Tsung-Hua Yang
    Tsung-Hua Yang is the first player from Taiwan to be awarded with the title of number one junior player in the world. Best ranked No. 164 on the ATP Tour rankings, on May 2012. Yang competes on the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP World Tour, both in singles and doubles. In 2008, he was the winner of the Junior Grand Slam at Roland-Garros and he was the first from Asia to win the 2008 Junior World Champion Award. Besides these achievements he defends his country as a member of the Chinese Taipei Davis Cup Team. Yang represented Chinese Taipei and won two gold medals at the 2010 Asian Games, in Guangzhou (China). In 2010 he was awarded as Athlete of the year for Chinese Taipei.
  • Sabine Lisicki
    Sabine Lisicki
    Sabine Lisicki
    Sabine Lisicki (Germany) was introduced to tennis by her father at the age of 7 and quickly realized she had a natural talent and love for the sport. After beginning her career on the ITF Circuit in 2004, Sabine rapidly established herself as a major force in the women’s junior game. Her breakthrough season came in 2008, and was highlighted by reaching her first WTA Tour final.
    She made history during the 2009 Family Circle Cup, by becoming the lowest ranked player ever to win the title in Charleston (USA). An injury in March 2010 took her out for 7 months. She came back on track lately with good tournaments in Miami, Charleston and Stuttgart. 2011 was a fabulous year as she reached the semifinals in Wimbledon, won 2 WTA tournaments and was awarded as the Comeback Player of the Year. She started 2012 ranked at the 13th place. She started very well 2013 with 2 finals (Memphins and Pattaya City).
    Sabine, who is coached by her father Richard and trains at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton (USA) is known for her tenacious spirit on the court.
  • Ryan Harrison
    Ryan Harrison
    Ryan Harrison
    Ryan Harrison (USA) began playing at the age of 2. He was one of the youngest ever to win an ATP Tour match at the age of 15. He lives in Bradenton (USA) and trains at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Ryan considers grass as his favorite surface. He reached a career-high No. 7 in world junior rankings in April 2008. Best ranked No. 43 on the ATP Tour rankings, on July 2012. He reached the ½ final in ATP 250 in NewPort (USA) on July 2012. Ryan won the Singles and Doubles titles at the Honolulu Challenger in 2011.  This was his first singles title at the Challenger level. 
  • Roberto Carballes Baena
    Roberto Carballes Baena
    Roberto Carballes Baena
    Roberto Carballes Baena (Spain) is 18 years old his best ranked No. 293 on the ATP Tour rankings and No. 11 in the world on ITF Junior World ranking. His favorite surface is clay. Roberto lives in Barcelona and his coach is Miguel Sanchez. During the year 2011, he played 11 tournaments and won 2 titles in Spain.
  • Sai-Sai Zheng
    Sai-Sai Zheng
    Sai-Sai Zheng
    Sai-Sai Zheng (China) represented her country in the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 where she won the gold medal in the double and the silver medal in the single tournament. She considers hard as her favorite surface. No. 650 on the WTA ranking in the beginning of 2011, she finished the year at the 275th place, reaching a career high in November 2012 at the 133rd place.