There's a new tennis tournament that doubles as family time. The 2013 National Family Tennis Championships offers thousands of amateur players all across America the opportunity to team up with a family member to earn the right to play for a national title in New York City from August 22-26, 2013. Tennis facilities interested in being one of the 300 host sites have until February 28 to sign-up.
Each local host site receives a free tournament kit with everything they need to promote and run the event including; counter cards, promotional posters, NFTC banners, player premiums, tennis balls, plus winner and runner-up awards for each division. In addition, they receive $10 from every team entry fee and the chance for their winners to advance to one of four Super Regional Tournaments. For more information or to register as a local host site visit www.familytennis.com.
"We encourage all tennis facilities to join our family and offer their families the chance to compete on a national stage," said Kathleen Francis of the 2013 National Family Tennis Championships. "This program is a great way for facilities to excite and grow their customer base by offering family members and non-club members the chance to join in on the fun."
Tennis facilities have until June 30, to conduct their local tournaments for up to six divisions of play including; Husband/Wife, Brother/Sister, Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son and Mother/Daughter. Host sites are encouraged to offer at least three of the six divisions. Players of all levels compete in the same division with the only limitations being a son or daughter must be under the age of 18 and a father or mother is required to be the minor's legal guardian.
"Tennis is a wonderful sport for the whole family. We're excited to support the National Family Tennis Championships as it promotes tennis to all family members and affords players of all ages and abilities an opportunity to get on the court and play." said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis.
During July and August, local winners in each division can advance to one of four Super Regional Tournaments. The top teams at each regional advance to the National Championships in New York City. Teams will receive travel, meals and three nights of hotel accommodations as well as tickets to see the best in the game play at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
"This was a phenomenal event," said Brad Goodman, who teamed with his son Benjamin to capture the Father/Son title in the 2012 NFTC pilot program. "It was great to play tennis with my family and meet other families with a similar passion for tennis. I have competed in numerous events, but this was undoubtedly the best tournament that I have had the good fortune to participate in and a weekend our family will remember forever."