In April 1958, Kenneth Wagg suggested a new tournament that would feature the professionals and novice players, since it is the expressed wish of various clubs and individuals that NARA's efforts should be spent on the promotion of young players. His original idea was for a doubles tournament featuring a pro and a novice, "any player who has never played in a National Tournament." Shortly, the idea evolved into a novice only, singles event. The tournament was named the Kendrick Cup, after the Detroit player who had been instrumental in the formation of NARA.
Over time, the Kendrick Cup has become one of the most important racquets tournaments of the year for novice players. Competitors are eligible to participate if they have been playing the game for less than 3 years. This tournament showcases the talent that is coming through the ranks of the North American clubs, and the winner joins a small and distinguished list of previous champions that have gone on to do great things at the top level of the game.