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Save the Children Open Tennis Challenge


Originally published on: 28/09/12 00:00

STC’s annual mixed doubles competition is visiting some of Britain’s most famous tennis venues over the next two months and they’re looking for players to dust off their rackets and get involved.

The preliminary rounds kick off at the Queen’s Club on October 26 and will take in the All England Club , the Harbour Club in Chelsea and the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham, with the winners from each venue progressing to the grand final at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton on December 8.

If you progress to the national finals at the home of British tennis you will have the opportunity to meet, and maybe even play with, some tennis-playing celebrities. Last year Britain's Laura Robson presented the prizes and Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, played a doubles match with the player who had raised the most money.

This is an open challenge so there is no formal standard of play for entry, although some previous playing experience is recommended and your LTA rating should be no better than 6.1. All partnerships must pay an entry fee of £50 and are encouraged to set up a Just Giving page to raise some sponsorship. 

So what are you waiting for? Help a great cause by grabbing a partner, picking a venue and signing up:

And don't forget to spread the word!

Preliminary Rounds

·   The Queen’s Club – 26 October
·   AELTC, Wimbledon – 28 October
·   Harbour Club, Chelsea – 28 October
·   Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham – 4 November
·   NTC, Roehampton – 25 November
·   AELTC, Wimbledon – 2 December

Grand Final

·   NTC, Roehampton – 8 December

tennishead is proud to be the official media partner of Save the Children Tennis and, as we'll be entering our own team, we look forward to seeing you at one of these venues soon


Tim Farthing, Tennishead Editorial Director & Owner, has been a huge tennis fan his whole life. He's a tennis journalist and entrepreneur as well as playing tennis to a national standard. He also helps manage his local club and volunteers for his local tennis organisation. He's a specialist in content about the administration of professional tennis and tennis coaching for all levels.