Last Sunday, the UK Tour entered its third decade, the 2020's; it has grown from being a bare handful of geographically limited tournaments into an event that covers the country and as a focal point of a sport that truly covers the globe. Throughout this has been one constant, the British Championships. In 2020, the 14th iteration of this event, our flagship UK Tour once again returns to the fabulous Parklangley Club in Beckenham, London on Saturday 18th April and Sunday 19th April. With wonderful playing conditions and (at least) centre court referees for TT, Badminton and Tennis and guaranteed referees on all three Squash courts for all matches, the 2020 British Championships will provide one of the greatest playing environments of the season. Finally, the Parklangley Club has a wonderful and spacious bar area serving a range of tasty food! If this isn’t enough to entice you into entering, then it is worth considering that the Team GB Selection Committee use British Championships results as a strong guide when selecting the teams who will represent Great Britain at the 2020 FIR World Team Championships, this coming August in Holland. As such this event is a must if you hoping to earn GB Caps and international honours. Importantly, if you wish to play in a Vets or Junior team, you must play that age group as one of your singles categories at the British Championships.
Entry Opens at noon on Friday 31st January and entry link will be available here.
Our Reigning British Champions: Dan Busby (r) and Five Times Champion, Hannah Boden (l)
The same as we decided last year, we will once again play ALL categories across both days. As such, all players will need to be available on both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April. While we are aware this asks a lot of our players, we have made this decision to enable players in the Vets and Junior classes to play both singles and doubles events. Additionally, we noted that a number of players travel to play both days and by moving to this new schedule, we ensure they have a better balance of play. In particular, we expect most banded singles categories to be 16 draw monrads, asking players to play 4 matches in a day in the old schedule. By spreading over 2 days, heavier singles loads can be interspersed with lighter doubles loads and give players the chance to rest and recover between matches. We believe this will improve player experience and ensure a higher quality of competition, befitting of our national championships. Finally, in 2020, we expect that all the tennis will be played on the outside clay courts, and not using the indoor carpet tennis courts.
Entry for the 2020 British Championships will open at noon on Friday 31st January here on Tournament Software and will close at noon on Friday 3rd April. Players may enter a maximum of three categories, a mixture of two doubles and two singles classes. Entry fees are £30 for singles (£20 for junior singles events), and £35 per pair in doubles events (£17.50 per player).