A talk with the captions: John McEnroe, Justine Henin, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And some shots, in fact, a real workout, on the courts that have made tennis history. The Young Talent project grows, enriched with increasingly new and increasingly important experiences. But above all it gives results. Those that are seen and those that are less noticeable but are still more significant.
The obvious ones are, for example, the conquest of the title of Summer Cup 2022, starring Vito Darderi along with Antonio Marigliano and Salvatore Tartaglione. We are talking about Under 14, but with all the precautions for the youth, it is clear that the path is the right one. The least obvious are the behaviors of the boys behind the scenes.
“Because -explains the director of the ISF Michelangelo Dell’Edera speaking of the basic idea- Fit and BNL BNP Paribas have built a project that already three seasons that develops and that is fundamental for the training of the children to 360 degrees . Therefore, we are not only talking about technical training, but also mental, physical and school training. Beyond the financial contribution provided, along with that of Fit, there is a process of shared training through national technical meetings. BNL BNP Paribas participates with professionals to educate children in all those activities they need to grow, not just as athletes. And with an important view of social and inclusion issues, also involving wheelchair tennis players. “
During the last Roland Garros, BNP Paribas illustrated the international ambitions of its Young Talents teams, which support 150 young athletes from 6 countries. Justine Henin, representing Belgium, and Mariusz Fyrstenberg, representing Poland, became the witnesses of two new teams, joining John McEnroe (US team), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France team) and Tathiana Garbin (Team Italia), who brought some young Italians to Roland Garros to gain experience, in correspondence with the visit of the French during the Internazionali BNL of Italy, the Masters 1000 in Rome that was played last May at the Foro Italico. Since its founding in 2018, the initiative has helped talented young athletes on their path to professionalism by providing financial aid and the right equipment to support them.
Not only that: BNP Paribas also announced it on the occasion the launch of a solidarity initiative: for each point earned by a member of the BNP Paribas Young Talents Teams at the ATP, WTA and Wheelchair professional circuits, BNP will donate one euro to projects to support youth inclusion.
“It is important – he explained John McEnroe – have a partner who has shown a long commitment to tennis, such as BNP Paribas, to make this type of program a reality. Together, we want to make tennis as accessible as possible. My dream is that one day we will turn a boy from New York into a champion at Wimbledon, the US Open or Roland-Garros ”. It echoes him Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. “This program means a lot to me, as it can help young people make their dreams come true. It’s the kind of support I would have liked to have received when I was little. Helping all these young people gives me an incredible boost. To me they are a bit like my family ”.
Right to celebrate the results, then, as when Italy -always at the under 14 level- was crowned world champion. But behind Young Talent is a different philosophy, perfectly in line with that of the Federation. “Within this path – concludes Dell’Edera – the result is never an obsession, but it can be the final destination if the right things are done, if you play every 15 as you should play., with the desire to build a path of growth. The eventual victory therefore affects all the elements of the Italian system. It is a victory for the beautiful game, which must be the guide for every boy who gets closer to the world of competition ”.