BNP Paribas Fortis is truly a privileged partner for Belgian tennis. Our unparalleled commitment to the world of sport has a cheer and a slogan: "We Are Tennis". Our passion for the little yellow ball is reflected at all levels: professional tournaments, supporting young talent, amateur tennis and at "Tennis du Cœur".
Our priority: encouraging young talent
Every year, BNP Paribas Fortis is present at 50 tennis tournaments across Belgium. We help encourage tennis’ rising stars through our partnerships with the Iris Open 9 in Ganshoren, the Iris Anderlecht Cup, the Havré Fair-Play Trophy, the Open 9 in Huy, the international junior championships (Astrid Bow Charleroi), the IFT $10,000 KTC Eupen and the WTA Flanders Ladies Trophy in Coxyde, as well as the Rising Stars Tennis Tour, a tournament that runs every summer in different Belgian seaside resorts.
We are also associated to the Hope & Spirit Foundation that helps young talented students combine their studies with their passion for tennis.
Tennis du Cœur, opens the courts to all
It’s not only the international stars that embody the values of tennis. All players, regardless of their age or ability, share values of respect and sportsmanship.
In Belgium, we are associated to 4 wheelchair tournaments: the Belgian Open in Géronsart (Namur), the Ath Open International, the Westend Wheelchair Tennis Tour (ITF3) and the Flanders 25 in Alost. Since 2009, BNP Paribas Group is the official partner of the NEC Whellchair Tennis Tour and since 2012, principal sponsor of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
Through our combined efforts with those of athletes, tennis, which was a demonstration sport at the Special Olympics in 2011, became an official sport at the "Tennis du Cœur" in 2012. BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation was also a partner for the 2013 edition in Gent, and collaborated for the 2014 Special Olympics European Summer Games.
The revival of the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games
Following seven years of absence, on February 7-15 2015 the Antwerp Sportpaleis will once again host the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games. This women's tournament is a premier event - the first of the European season – with a $710,000 prize. The tradition is that a gold racket set with 2008 diamonds (worth €1.5 million) is the ultimate reward and is presented to the player who wins the tournament twice, over three successive editions. A feat achieved by Amelie Mauresmo in 2007.
First edition of the BNP Paribas Fortis Belgian Tennis Trophy
In late November 2014, the Country Hall in Liege hosted the first edition of the BNP Paribas Fortis Belgian Tennis Trophy and gathered Ruben Bemelmans, Steve Darcis, Olivier Rochus and David Goffin, leading figures of Belgian men's tennis, and Joachim Gerard, Belgian wheelchair tennis number one. Won by David Goffin, this exhibition tournament was also the occasion to pay tribute to Olivier Rochus as he retired following a 15 year career.
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