BNP Paribas is proud to announce the successful completion of ‘2014 BNP Paribas Amateur Open’ which was held from 18 to 21 September with 1,400 amateur tennis players participating at the event.
Following the success of the first ‘BNP Paribas Amateur Open’ tennis competition last year, BNP Paribas entities in Korea organised this well-received tennis tournament jointly with Korea Amateur Tennis Organisation (KATO) again this year.
To promote the sport of tennis and a healthier lifestyle in Korea, the ‘BNP Paribas Amateur Open’ also offered various activities such as providing free tennis lessons for children aged 7 to 12 and junior tennis scholarships, which aimed at encouraging children to play sports and fostering young tennis talents.
In particular, the number of children participating in the ‘free tennis lessons for children’ coached by the instructors from the Korea Professional Tennis Association (KPTA) doubled this year to 110. There was also a special session for children from underprivileged background, making the event more meaningful.
Same as last year, BNP Paribas also provided junior tennis scholarship to support Korea’s young tennis talents who have shown excellent performance results at local and international junior tennis tournaments.
CEO of BNP Paribas Cardif Life Insurance, Jean-Christophe Darbes, commented, “We are pleased that the ‘BNP Paribas Amateur Open’ once again achieved a great success in Korea bringing all participants together through tennis. As a long-term partner with tennis, BNP Paribas is committed to sharing the joy of the sport across the globe, with young and old. We always believe that playing sports and doing exercise help people develop a healthier lifestyle and more positive thinking.”
‘BNP Paribas Amateur Open’ is part of BNP Paribas’ long-standing support for tennis spanning over 40 years. This year, the Amateur Open was enhanced to be a tournament designed for amateur tennis players with the highest ranking (MA), raising expectations for great attention and heated competition.