Adoption Guild to celebrate 60th anniversary of Roy Emerson Adoption Tennis Classic 

Continuing a 60-year-old tradition in Southern California, tennis aficionados will gather over Memorial Day weekend for the celebrated Adoption Guild Tournament. This five-day event will be hosted by Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach. The $15,000 in prize money for the Open, 50 & Over and Men’s 35 Doubles Divisions, is sponsored by the Orange County Breakers.

The tournament is named for Australian-born tennis champion Roy Emerson. A two-time Wimbledon victor in 1964 and 1965, Emerson, along with his tennis-pro wife Joy, have fronted the Adoption Guild Classic for more than two decades. “It’s a labor of love,” said the long-time Orange County couple, adding “We believe in the fine work of the Adoption Guild in support of HFS –Holy Family Services. What’s more important than caring for children?”

Special tournament activities include a Saturday BBQ and Party. On Finals Day, Monday, May 30, sponsors will have priority seating overlooking center court for the finals matches. 

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(L-R) Roy Emerson with Daniel Plasa, 2021 Men’s Open Singles Winner

During the tournament, attendees strolling the grounds at Palisades Tennis Club will be tempted by a raffle booth featuring numerous high-end items with opportunity tickets just $5 each, and a boutique with tennis accessories, jewelry and clothing assuring that even between matches there will be entertainment available. This year’s Grand Prize Raffle is for a $3,000 Gift Card to the Disney Parks and Hotel.

The Tennis Classic is led by Adoption Guild co-chairs Katie Richardson and Chris Garber and Tennis Director Drew Arbeiter and is sanctioned under the USTA banner. Players are welcome to sign up for men’s and women’s open singles, men’s and women’s open doubles, and mixed open doubles, men’s 35 and over doubles, 50 & Over doubles as well as a series of NTRP men’s and women’s 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 singles, doubles and mixed. And, the Guild is offering a new division this year, Mother/Daughter and Father/Son doubles. Entries close Monday, May 16. To register, visit and follow the link to the USTA site. For information on the tournament, or to inquire about sponsorship, reach out to Chris Garber at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holy Family Services (HFS) Adoption & Foster Care strongly embraces the values of diversity and inclusion as they strive to provide caring, non-judgmental support for birth parents considering adoption, to unite children and infants in need of a home with hopeful adoptive parents, and to create strong, loving families of all shapes and sizes.

The Adoption Guild of Southern California is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization comprised of approximately 50 members based in Orange County. For more than 50 years, the Guild has raised funds to financially support HFS (Holy Family Services), a foster and adoption agency in Southern California, which provides critical resources and counseling for children, birth parents and adoptive families within the community.