This year’s event, which took place across seven clay courts at the tennis club of Aubonne, in collaboration with the tennis club of Etoy, marked a new milestone in terms of participation. It featured 140 boys and girls aged between 10 and 16 year old, compared to just 40 participants in its first year, transforming the Bata Junior Open into the major junior tournament in the Canton of Vaud this year.
The competition’s winning formula was once again the combination of a very affordable entry fee, thanks to the support of the Bata Children’s Program (BCP) foundation, and the organization of the event, which allowed participants to play against equally ranked players and made for more enjoyable matches. Many of those who took part had already participated in previous editions, a fact that gave great satisfaction to the team involved in organizing the event.
The cherry on the cake for this year’s event was the fact that in the Under-12 category the Bata Junior Open welcomed for the first time several talented players ranked in the top five in Switzerland, which was a real pleasure to see.
In addition to the prizes for the semi-finalists and finalists, each participant received a pair of Bata customized Pata Pata flip flops for the summer. Both the tennis clubs of Aubonne and Etoy look forward organizing the next edition of the Bata Junior Open in 2018.