Family tournament a hit at Elam Classic

Jeff Wineberg and his daughter Samantha Wineberg playing the The Father/Daughter Family Tennis division of the Elam Tennios Open at Canyon View Park.

While most see tennis as an individual sport, the Elliott’s see it more as a family sport.

That’s why Ron Elliott put together the Elam Family Tennis Tournament to go in conjunction with the Elam Classic this weekend at Canyon View Park.

“The families have enjoyed feeling a part of the environment,” Elliott said. “It’s nice to come to this facility, and see all the courts being used.”

The Family Tennis Tournament evolved from a one-day event last year on Thursday to a three-day tournament with five divisions. The divisions break up with father/son, father/daughter, mother/son, mother/daughter and family.

Aside from the Taco Bell Tournament in July, the Elam Family Tournament provides local tennis families the chance to play together.

Aaron and Tim Gossage are playing in the father/son event, and said it’s been a fun opportunity to play together as a doubles team.

“We don’t get a chance to play together competitively,” Tim Gossage said. “It’s good experience for Aaron to play a higher level of tennis plus it’s good to be able to coach him while we play.”

The father/son group was the largest event with four pairs, but the father/daughter group saw teammates getting to play against each other. Grand Junction High School tennis players Samantha Weinberg, Jenny Jessup and Alex Proietti made up the field playing with their fathers Jeff (Samantha), John (Jenny) and Dave (Alex).

“The key is to hit it to the older guys and keep it away from the high school players,” Jeff Weinberg said. “This has been a lot of fun because we know all the other dads and kids.”

Elliott said the Family Tournament has helped to draw more spectators to the Elam Classic.

“It’s bringing a lot more families who are coming and getting to see some really good tennis,” Elliott said. “It’s been a family event, and everyone is having a great time playing and getting to watch some really good tennis as well.”


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