Tennis for All
As a global leader in supporting both amateur and professional tennis, BNP Paribas aims to make the sport accessible to all through our sponsorship programs.
In 2016, the Bank announced the creation of the annual BNP Paribas Open Scholarships, which are awarded to one female and male tennis player from a high school in the local area of Indian Wells, California. The one-year, $15,000 college scholarships are presented at the BNP Paribas Open, the largest WTA and ATP World Tour combined two-week event in the world.
BNP Paribas is also a sponsor of two major tennis programs in the New York City area: CityParks Tennis and the New York Junior Tennis League. CityParks provides free tennis lessons to thousands of children between the ages of six and 16 in more than 39 parks throughout the five boroughs, while the NYJTL provides free tennis instruction and play, educational services, and youth development activities to more than 75,000 children each year.
This year, the BNP Paribas Aces Tournament gathered over 100 of the city’s future tennis champs, ages 10 to 16, from the program to battle it out at Flushing Meadows (home of the US Open). At the event, seven time Grand Slam champion Virginia Wade addressed the crowd, as did Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas USA and Head of CIB Americas, and both participated in the mini-clinic that followed the competition.
Watch the NY1 coverage of the event here
Also this year, BNP Paribas partners with Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. The annual tournament raises funds to benefit education for low income youth, on and off the court. Members of Congress and former professional tennis players will play alongside corporate sponsors and WTEF members. This year’s event featured tennis legends Kathy Rinaldi, Dan Waldman, and Richey Reneberg, and Congress members including Senator Shelley Moore Capito, Representative Joyce Beatty and Representative Charlie Dent; all of which are repeat CCTT participants.