Hi! My Name is George Stoupe and I’m a 17-year-old tennis player from Lower Hutt, New Zealand. I am the number one ranked junior tennis player in New Zealand. I am looking for donations to help with the expenses that come with travelling the world playing tennis.
My tennis story began when I was at primary school and has included me representing New Zealand in events such as the Junior Davis Cup and the World Junior Teams.
My goal for 2019 is to compete at the Junior US Open in September. For me to do this I must raise my world ranking, it stands at 215 right now, but I need to get it to around 115 so that I can gain entry into this tournament.
It isn’t possible to gain the points necessary to raise my ranking in New Zealand so I need to play tournaments overseas.
The tournaments I am looking to compete in are in Australia, Asia, Fiji, Great Britain and ultimately USA.
In May/June I want to play 2 tournaments in Chinese Taipei.
If all goes to plan in Asia I will have a chance of making it into Junior Wimbledon in July, which would be a dream come true for me. Before Wimbledon, there is a lead-up Grade 1 tournament in London which I would play too.
Next, in August there is a B2 ITF in Fiji and then a grade 2 ITF in Sydney.
The US Open follows these tournaments in September. If I manage to do well in the tournaments above, I will have improved my ranking enough to gain entry.
By competing in these tournaments and doing well I am looking to reach the top 100 juniors in the world. This is very important for next year when I move into the pro circuit because making the top 100 in juniors will give me direct entry into some pro tour events. This will allow me to begin my pro career.
I am looking to raise around $15,000 to fund these tours. My budget is based on current airfare/hotel costs with only me travelling. There are a number of variables that make it difficult to know the exact costs for each tour until they are confirmed, but I am going to keep a log of expenses incurred on my Facebook page. Only you as sponsors will be able to access this.
If your business is keen on sponsoring me I am allowed to have two business logos on my playing shirts( 4 square inches on each sleeve) Because we are only allowed a maximum of two sponsors then consideration has to be given to whoever puts up the best offers.
As you can see, it will be very expensive for me to travel and try to achieve my goal of playing in the US Open, so all donations will be incredibly helpful and much appreciated.
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