Background to 2015

Family Tennis = Quality TimeThe organiser of the event, Henry Wancke, successfully ran the event for nearly a decade in the 80s and 90s and was delighted when the LTA agreed to revive the event and grant it the status of ‘LTA supported event’.

The event was originally suggested by the late Victor Kiam and sponsored by Remington, the company he liked so much that he bought it.

John McEnroe made his competitive debut as a schoolboy in the popular American version of the Father & Son Championships, which has run successfully in the States for well over half a century.

Other well known players who have competed in the international event include John Newcombe and Roy Emerson with their respective sons.

Well known British players who competed in the eighties and nineties include Mark Petchey with his father Rod, David and Scott Lloyd, Mark and Stephen Cox as well as the late Gerald Battrick and his son Jamie.

EmailThe ‘postal’ element, now via email, runs between April and August with Regional Finals in September and the National Finals in October/November.

Venues and dates are yet to be finalised.

To enter click HERE

While the Family Championships has provided some ten categories of play of late, the 2015 edition is reverting to its successful roots and will comprise of just four open doubles events:

  •     Father & Son
  •     Mother & Daughter
  •     Father & Daughter
  •     Mother & Son

The general aims of the Family Tennis Championships are:

  • To enhance the sport of recreational tennis through family involvement at a grass roots level
  • To promote the concept of Family Tennis on a local, regional, national and international basis wherever possible.
  • To help bridge the generation gap between parents and children
  • To encourage participation in tennis by people of all ages
  • To provide opportunities for parents and children to spend quality time together in a healthy pursuit
  • To make the experience both fun and competitive so that participants benefit from learning to win and lose together
  • To develop a far-reaching and on-going grass roots programme based on the recreational sport
Above all, it is to provide a unique opportunity to have FUN!

National Preliminary Event

Ready to serveProviding sufficient entries are received, preliminary rounds of matches will be played on a ‘postal’ basis within pre-defined regions, although all communications are now conducted by email, culminating in a regional finals.

If there are not enough entries within a region, then early rounds will be played over consecutive weekends at a selected local regional centre.

Entries are being canvassed with a 1st April closing date deadline and first-round matches announced from the 1st May.

The competition is played on a single elimination basis, with the winners moving into the next round and the losers playing a consolation event within the region, so that every entered pair is guaranteed to play at least two matches.

Winners are responsible for registering the result with the organisers via this website (www.familychampionships.org.uk) within the prescribed deadline.

Regional Events

Should the entries justify it and regional events are established, then, once the ‘postal’ preliminary rounds are complete, the quarter-finalists in each area can come together at four regional venues - Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern.

Regional finals will be completed over a weekend to determine who are the regional winners, with the winners in each event, progressing to the National Finals.

National Finals

BackhandThe National Finals are currently held over a weekend in November in the UK.

It is hoped to re-introduce a celebrity Parent/Child event in conjunction with the national finals, details of which will be announced at a later date.

If you and/or a parent or child in your family play tennis, why not enter the Family Championships this year to see how far you can go together?

It’s a great way to spend some quality time together in a mutually beneficial and healthy competitive pursuit, which not only helps to bridge the generation gap but keeps young people engaged in a healthy pursuit and is not too bad for the ‘oldies’ either!

To enter click HERE

Family Championships
Abbott Media Services, Cedar Lodge, Howe Road, Watlington, Oxon OX49 5ER
E-mail: info@familychampionships.org.uk