Family Open

Held annually in the fall since 2013, the Family Open is an adult-child doubles tennis tournament that gives families the opportunity to play side by side and encourage the reluctant player, whether it is an adult or child. In addition to tennis, participants enjoy food, prizes and an awards ceremony, in this non-elimination, round robin, family centered event.

The event promotes healthy lifestyles and demonstrates that tennis is fun at any age, while providing a low-cost tournament opportunity for the greater Richmond area.

The Lobs & Lessons Family Open marks an ongoing partnership between Lobs & Lessons and the Richmond Tennis Association to develop “10 & Under Tennis,” which employs the QST teaching format, using smaller courts and equipment to introduce younger players to the game. All participants play on 36’ QST courts, using 23” racquets and foam balls.

Important Participant Information

Directions & Parking: Directions to the Mary and Frances Youth Center available at the bottom of the page via Google Maps.Free event street parking is available throughout the VCU campus; however the following streets are closest to the Mary and Frances Youth Center: Cary Street, Parkwood Avenue, Linden Street, Harrison Street, and Cherry Street. Additional parking is available in the West Cary Street Deck (76) and the West Main Street Deck (77) for $5. Monroe Park Campus Map

Check-in & Breakfast: Participant check-in, breakfast, and warm-up will be held at the Mary and Frances Youth Center (61) is located at 120 South Linden Street between the Cary Street Field and Gym. Monroe Park Campus Map

Prize Court & Silent Auction: USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section will host a tennis prize court and carnival games at the Mary and Frances Youth Center (61) is located at 120 South Linden Street between the Cary Street Field and Gym. Monroe Park Campus Map. This year parents can participate in a Silent Auction to win specialty prize packages.

Dress Code: The event will be played on the Mary and Frances Youth Center and Thalhimer Tennis Center tennis courts; therefore it is advised that participants wear appropriate sneakers and athletic clothing for the tournament.

Equipment: All participants will play on the 36’ QuickStart Tennis courts, using 23’’ racquets and foam tennis balls. Playing equipment and water will be provided throughout the day. Participants are responsible for all other belongings during the event.

Volunteers: Volunteers are always welcome.

Beneficiary: Lobs & Lessons is a vital organization to the youth of Richmond. Lobs & Lessons is a youth enrichment program that strengthens life skills, promotes academics and creates a path to higher education through the sport of tennis. In addition, we teach youth how nutrition and healthy eating habits along with physical activity can lead to a lifelong healthy lifestyle.

More Info: Call Rachel Rhoney at 804.828.8276 or e-mail rhoneyrb@vcu.edu.