Singapore, 1 September 2018 – Club Med, the leader in Premium All-Inclusive holidays and widest reaching sports school, is set to host Asia’s first International Qualifying Tennis Event of Les Petits As in joint partnership with LACOSTE at Club Med Bali. This will be the first time Asians will be able to compete for a seat in the main draw of Les Petits As - Le Mondial Lacoste in Tarbes, France. With an expected attendance of 60 participants from more than 10 different federations across Asia, this week-long tennis tournament will enable young athletes to clinch wild cards to the renowned competition next January.

Les Petit As, First Time in Asia

Known for having sparked the careers of top tennis players such as Rafael Nadal in 2000 and Richard Gasquet in 1999, Les Petits As – Le Mondial Lacoste is an international premier junior tennis tournament created in France in 1983, and is considered the World Championship for teenager players exclusively under 14- years old. With more than 300 players from 45 different countries gracing this event worldwide, this highly anticipated sporting event welcomes 45 000 visitors each year in Tarbes and garners over 125 000 live-stream viewers across 151 countries yearly.

On 15th October this year, Club Med Bali will be bringing this distinguished tournament to Asia for the first time, with a confirmed 60 participants turnout from a dozen local and Asian federations.

An exciting lineup of competition is expected with the quality players as the tournament presents an exclusive opportunity for tennis talents across Asia to compete and stand a chance to participate in the world’s biggest tennis event of their age category.

As a family holiday specialist and well in the business of bringing out the best of sports, Club Med offers its guests an extensive state-of-the-art sports facility within the natural picturesque scenic views of Bali, Indonesia. The resort connects you to the soul of Bali, a rejuvenating and cultural experience for both athletes and their families, young and old.

Jean-Baptiste Simeon-Knaebel, Co-Director of Les Petits As – Asia Playoffs Lacoste adds, “there is growing interest in tennis within Asia, especially with the first Asian female to win the Grand Slam in recent years. We witness in the last years the growth of Asian tennis with Chun-Hsin Tseng (TPE) winning Les Petits As – Le Mondial Lacoste in 2017 and Alexandra Eala (PHI) taking over the last edition. As everyone says, Les Petits As gives a good forecast of who is going to make it in future of tennis. Also, having worked with Club Med previously in 2017, we are certain our joint efforts in bringing Le Petits As to Asia will produce greater worldwide tennis talents.”

The Widest Reaching Sports School

Club Med’s sporting activities available in every resort was established with the aim of changing the landscape of high-performance sports training and educating the next generation of talented young athletes. With experienced international trainers, state-of-the-art equipment, and certified G.Os, guests can pick up new skills, reach their potential and scale new heights.

In addition, Club Med has partnered local ski associations across Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore to support elite athletes for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It offers access to our mountain resorts in support of training and recovery of athletes, surrounded by picturesque views and fresh air.

“Club Med has always taken great pride in honing athletic talents and supporting holistic wellness of individuals and families with our facilities and scenic resorts. This is a great opportunity for us to bring sporting talents to higher international levels and we cannot be more thrilled and honoured to be the pioneer host of Les Petits As in Asia”, commented Xavier Desaulles, CEO of Club Med East and South Asia Pacific.

Creating Memorable Family Moments

Aside from identifying budding young tennis talents, Club Med prides itself in offering memorable family moments by taking the stress out of planning a holiday, by offering delighted activities for everyone. With its wide range of facilities and all-day round activities for both adults and kids, participants can experience the best-suited holistic packages for their needs. From mini clubs for the young ones (ranging from 4 months to 17 years old) to snorkeling, trapeze and nightly entertainment, Club Med Bali’s all-inclusive packages provide a unique hassle-free getaway that both athletes and their families can be delighted with.

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