FORMER CONNECTICUT OPEN EXECS JOIN FORCES TO RECREATE FAMILY CLASSIC TENNIS TOURNAMENT

Played on the Universal Tennis platform, the 2021 Family Classic co-ed doubles tournament will be hosted by the Greater Stamford Tennis Association at Scalzi Park, Sept. 18-19


August 23, 2021 (Stamford, CT) - A Connecticut tennis tradition returns this fall. The Family Classic Tennis Tournament, presented by Universal Tennis, will be hosted by the Greater Stamford Tennis Association at Scalzi Park, Sept. 18-19.

For nearly two decades, the Family Classic was part of the community fabric of the Connecticut Open (a WTA tournament held in New Haven from 1998-2018).

The Family Classic features two one-day tournaments with 22 divisions, including parent-child events for players 10-and-under to 19-and-older as well as sibling and husband-wife categories. The entry fee for the tournament is $30 per team. Teams are guaranteed at least two matches. 



New this year, each division has “recreational” and “open” tournaments to pair teams of similar skill level based on their UTR Rating. Players are required to have a free Universal Tennis account and UTR Rating. Get more information and register for the event by clicking here



“The Family Classic has always been near and dear to my heart,” said Anne Worcester, President of Universal Tennis and former Tournament Director of the Connecticut Open. “Thousands of people competed in the Family Classic annually as part of the Connecticut Open. I am grateful to Tim Curry and the Greater Stamford Tennis Association for bringing the event back and using Universal Tennis as the platform for registration.”



The original Family Classic was Worcester’s brainchild when she was the tournament director of the Connecticut Open held at Yale University for over 20 years.



The 2021 reincarnation of the Family Classic is spearheaded by Tim Curry, founder of the Greater Stamford Tennis Association and the former director of consumer development and marketing at the Connecticut Open.



“The Family Classic is unlike any other tennis event with its unique family-centric divisions. I witnessed firsthand how passionate people were about the program,” Curry said. “We look forward to creating many great memories at this year’s event and for years to come.”



In years past, Family Classic teams would advance from local tournaments run by tennis clubs and parks departments to the regional championships at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven. The finals were played on the field courts during the Connecticut Open, and the finalists were presented with awards on center court. 



The new streamlined Family Classic will complete each division in one day. Saturday’s schedule will feature the Father-Child and Husband-Wife tournaments. Sunday’s schedule will include the Mother-Child and Sibling tournaments. Registration closes on Sep 14, 11:30pm EDT.


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For More Information, Please Contact:

Tim Curry, GSTA, stamfordtennis@aol.com