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July 31, 2009 01:33 AM

The WTA Calendar has been updated to include Colleton Prep Girls Varsity practice, home matches and tournament. All Combo matches have been added as well. If you see something missing, please email admin@walterborotennis.com


The Charleston Tennis Center is hosting the CHARLESTON ADULT RATED CHAMPIONSHIP ON AUGUST 28-30, 2009. The tournament is sanctioned by the USTA and has singles, doubles, and mixed doubles divisions for players in levels 2.5 to 4.5. Players may register at www.sctennis.com.

Thank you for your continued support of our City of Charleston tournaments and programs.

Peggy Bohne
City of Charleston
Tennis Manager
(843) 766-7401


USTA South Carolina is seeking local volunteer Jr. Team Tennis Coordinators to organize, supervise and grow USTA Jr. Team Tennis programs in areas of the state currently without representation (the Myrtle Beach, Spartanburg and Charleston areas are actively seeking volunteers), please go to www.sctennis.com/jtt to see if a coordinator is needed in your area. This individual should be passionate about promoting and developing a junior recreational tennis program, have great communication and organizational skills, ability to recruit and lead others and participate in effective meetings. If this position sounds of interest to you, please contact Michelle Campanella at 800.644.7282 or email campanella@sctennis.com.

If you are interested in a volunteer position with an existing program, please contact the program coordinator listed on the website to see where you might make a much needed contribution to growing junior tennis in your area!


Combo doubles are signing up across the Palmetto State. This is your chance to enjoy tennis with a friend of another level. Play starts at NTRP levels of 5.5 and goes all the way up to 10.5. Players of two different levels (a 3.0 and a 2.5 could join for a 5.5 team) can enjoy doubles play in this great format. The league gives you a chance to advance to State and Sectional Championships. Southern Combo Doubles is a fun, exciting, chance to play with that friend who got bumped up last year, or to re-join the friend who didn't get bumped up when you did. For more information just visit www.sctennis.com/leagues.


The next few months will be busy for players looking to compete in the state championship tournaments. The Juniors have two championships which will be held during July and August. The SC Closed Jr Hardcourt State Championships will be held in Columbia from July 10-15 and the South Carolina State Jr Closed Clay Court Championships will be held in Greenville from August 1-5.

On the Adult side, the State Closed Championships for NTRP, Open and 30's Age Division will be held in Columbia from August 21-23 and the State Clay Court Closed Championship will be held on Pawleys Island from September 17-20. These events aren't just for the top players, there are NTRP divisions, meaning you can lay claim to best in the state at your level. For more information visit www.sctennis.com and click on Adults or Juniors to find the tournaments.


Friday Night Lights: The WTA hosted a evening of tennis and sloppy joes at Forest Hills on the 17th. Twelve players and twenty eaters (one professional eater) participated and everyone appeared to have a great time.


Forest Hills Courts: Members of our County and City Councils have told us that they are negotiating a long term deal between the County and City that will identify requirements and establish responsibility for immediate repairs, routine recurring grounds/court maintenance, and long term facility upkeep for the Forest Hills Courts.

The County has accepted a bid on a contract to repair the Forest Hills and the Rec Center Court surfaces that is good through 31 July. However, they want the agreement with the city signed prior to awarding the contract. As I understand it, the rub seems to be from the restructuring of the Recreation Commission and what responsibilities go to each entity under the new recreation agreement. Recurring maintenance of the courts, grounds, lights and bathrooms are the main concern of the WTA after the repairs to the court surfaces at Forest Hills. Rumor has it that they will make a decision on the agreement in executive session between the two councils.


Balls

Recycled balls: The WTA delivered 650 used tennis balls to our school contact for the Cottageville Elementary School. That makes 1235 that we have given them since last Fall. William Snead is holding an additional 200 for Allie Walker for her school. We are getting a lot of the old balls but I still see balls scattered all over the Forest Hills grounds a couple of times a week. If you would, please bag them and put them in the restroom. William will get them from there.

 

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