The 16th Annual Sanford Open

Social Tournaments and Community Celebration

Enter a tournament, bid in an auction, socialize over delicious food and drink, or enjoy all three! Your participation will support free tennis at the Y for more than 700 kids this year.

Silent Auction
Monday, August 10 to Saturday, August 20 at noon
Online: preview and bid here!

Social Doubles Tournament
Friday, August 19, 10am–4pm
Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine

Triples Tournament
Saturday, August 20, 4–5:30pm
Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine

Community Celebration, Social, and Live Auction
Saturday, August 20, 6–8pm
Sprague Point, Damariscotta, Maine

6pm: Refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and auction preview
7pm: Live auction
8pm: Fireworks!


You can also support kids tennis at the Y by ordering Sanford Open Swag! Orders placed after 8/8 will be ready 9/15.

About the Sanford Open

The tennis courts at Central Lincoln County YMCA have always been a great place to make new friends. Many years ago, two men met there: Carl Sanford and Bob Ehrenfeld. They and others who met at the Y enjoyed friendly competition in the annual Ehrenfeld Open, held on a family court overlooking Muscongus Bay.

When Bob passed away in 2007, Carl and his wife Dru decided to honor his legacy by creating the Sanford Open, a tennis tournament that would benefit the Y’s tennis program.

Today, we proudly uphold this legacy, and the Sanford Open continues funding kids tennis at the Y. Last year alone, we provided free tennis programming for more than 700 children at the Y and through local schools, and provided free racquets to 160 children.

In fact, we’re the only National Junior Tennis and Learning Chapter in Maine (a USTA Foundation program). This partnership allows our tennis programs to be part of food security solutions and, like all Y programs, help close the gap when families need help in any area of a child’s development. What better place to build self esteem and a healthy lifestyle than on the Y courts?

All of this is possible because of the Sanford Open—and you. We hope you'll join us!

Questions? Please contact Georgia Ahlers at