The French Tennis Federation (FFT) is excited to announce its 3-year collaboration with Ballman Project, the innovative NFT tennis tournament platform co-founded by tennis star Stan Wawrinka and backed by a dozen of professional players, including Grégoire Barrère and Lucas Pouille. The agreement will see the FFT collaborating with Ballman Project to bring virtual tennis to fans around the world.
As part of the collaboration, Ballman Project will reproduce the official Roland-Garros tennis tournament in web3 space allowing fans to engage with the tournament in a new and exciting way. The tournament will feature an exclusive Roland-Garros branded environment and will be open to anyone who owns a Ballman NFT.
The Ballman project was launched in 2022 as a collection of 6,200 exclusive and evolving NFTs that provide their holders the opportunity to play virtual tennis tournaments and earn real prize money. Each NFT represents a virtual tennis player, also known as the Ballman player, each with unique characteristics that evolve based on experience. After the big success with the 1st collection, a larger second NFT collection is planned to be released for the web3 tennis community, the freemint starting on March 14 and the public sales on March 17 (ballman.io).
The first Roland-Garros virtual tennis tournament on Ballman Project with a 25.000$ guaranteed prize amount is set to start on April 15, 2023 and run in parallel to the real-world tournament till the winner announcement on June 11, more details to be announced soon. Tennis fans and NFT collectors alike can stay up to date with the latest news by following Ballman Project and Roland-Garros on their respective twitter and discord channels.
“We are delighted to partner with Ballman Project and bring virtual tennis to our fans,”said Caroline Flaissier, CEO of the FFT. “This collaboration represents a unique opportunity to engage with a new audience and showcase the sport of tennis in an innovative way. We look forward to working with the Ballman Project and building a thriving web3 tennis community together.”
This venture with Ballman Project is part of the FFT’s ongoing efforts to expand its reach and connect with fans around the world. By embracing new technologies and platforms, the FFT is able to offer fans more ways to engage with the sport of tennis and support the development of the next generation of tennis players.
Through this collaboration, holders of Roland-Garros Game, Seat & Match NFTswill be able to get a Ballman Player NFT and have privileged access to the Roland-Garros virtual tournament on Ballman platform.
“We are thrilled to join forces with the FFT and bring virtual tennis to a wider audience,” said Stan Wawrinka, the co-founder of Ballman Project. “Our platform offers a unique and exciting way for fans to experience the sport, and we believe this partnership will help us achieve our goal of becoming the largest web3 tennis tournament and community. We look forward to working with the FFT to make this a reality and aim to eventually establish partnerships with all tennis Grand Slam”.
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