There's a new tennis tournament that doubles as family time. The 2012 National Family Tennis Championships offers thousands of amateur players the opportunity to team up with their mother, father, sister, brother, husband or wife to earn the right to play for a national title. Qualifying teams will be treated to a complimentary three-night stay at the Waldorf Astoria Naples in Naples, Fla. from Sept. 6-9. Tennis facilities interested in participating in the inaugural year have until April 30 to register as a local tournament host site.
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, Penn tennis balls, plus winner and runner-up awards for each division. In addition, host sites receive a percentage from every $95 team entry fee. For more information or to register as a local host site visit www.familytennis.com.
"We encourage all tennis facilities in our target markets to join our family now to get in on the ground floor of the only national tennis event for families," said Kathleen Francis of the 2012 National Family Tennis Championships. "This program is a great way for facilities to excite and grow their customer base by inviting members' families to play and also offer non-members the chance to join in on the fun."
From now through June 30, tennis facilities in select markets are hosting tournaments with up to six divisions of play including; Husband/Wife, Brother/Sister, Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son and Mother/Daughter. Local host sites are required to offer at least three of the six divisions. Players of all levels will compete in the same division. A brother, sister, son or daughter must be under the age of 18. A father or mother is required to be the minor's legal guardian.
"One of the great things about tennis is that it's a wonderful sport for the whole family. We're excited about the National Family Tennis Championships as it promotes tennis to all family members and affords players of all ages 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 will qualify for the nationals via a regional qualifier. The top teams at the regional qualifiers will be invited to compete at the National Championships in Naples, Florida. Teams will receive meals and three nights of hotel accommodations at the Waldorf-Astoria Naples. Players can also receive a discount on additional rooms so that they can bring the entire family to cheer them on.