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Andrew and Hinson named to SC Tennis Hall of Fame

Columbia, SC- The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation and USTA South Carolina are proud to announce that Jim Hinson and Jorge Andrew are the two newest inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.  These dedicated individuals will be honored at the USTA South Carolina Annual Meeting and after their induction their portraits will be hung at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in Belton, SC.

Jorge_AndrewJorge Andrew, of Lexington, has been a dynamic and powerful force both on and off the court for decades.  As a player, a coach, a community leader, and a volunteer, Andrew has made a huge impact on tennis both in South Carolina and around the world.
As a player, Andrew has many impressive statistics.  He is a former Davis Cup player and captain, and holds the record for most games in Davis Cup history.  As a professional, Andrew spent more than 10 years on the pro tour, including appearances at all four Grand Slam events.  In his pro career he notched victories over Rod Laver, Guillermo Vilas, Dick Stockton and other top players. 
In his post-professional career, Andrew has continued to be a force on the court.  He has won the PTR International Championships singles title in four different age divisions, and he has paired with fellow SC Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Roy Barth to claim 13 doubles titles at the event. 
Off the court, Andrew’s accomplishments have been no less impressive.  In his role as the Director of Tennis for the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, he has overseen numerous tournaments of regional, national, and international importance including the ITF South Carolina, the Boys and Girls Southern 10s, the South Carolina Closed Junior Hardcourt Championships, the National Public Parks Championships, and the USTA Southern Tri-State Tournament of Champions.
As a teaching professional, Andrew has several distinct honors.  He is one of a select few individuals who are PTR and USPTA Master Professionals, he is Chairman of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team, a USTA National 10 and Under Tennis Master Trainer, a USTA Recreational Coach Workshop Master Trainer, and is on the National Advisory Staff and Speakers Team for Head/Penn.  In addition, Andrew is currently serving as President of the Professional Tennis Registry.  During his teaching career, he has coached many outstanding junior players, including a former #1 junior in the world, Nicolas Pereira of Venezuela. 
Even with all of his activities as a teaching pro, a player, and an administrator, Andrew still finds time to volunteer.  He has served as a member of the USTA Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic & Paralympics Committee, Vice President of USTA South Carolina, Chair of the USTA SC Tennis Professionals Committee, and is currently the Vice Chair of the USTA Southern Jr. Team Tennis Committee and the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 2012 and 2013 National Jr. Team Tennis Championships. 
Of course, all this hard work has not gone unrecognized.  Andrew has received many awards including the USTA South Carolina Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year award, the USPTA/USTA Community Service award, the USTA Southern Professional of the Year award, the PTR Professional of the Year award, and the PTR Senior Player of the Decade award. 

Jim_HinsonJim Hinson, of Columbia, has been a dominant player and inspirational teaching professional for decades. First as a top ranked high school and college player, then as an overawing adult tournament player, Hinson has been an indomitable competitor on the court for years.  In contrast to his fierce competitiveness, Hinson has displayed a creative and nurturing side as teaching pro at the Members Club at Woodcreek and WildeWood.
Hinson started his playing career in Florida where as a member of the Lakeland High School tennis team he helped win the Florida High School State Tennis Championship.  After graduating, Hinson moved on to Miami Dade North Junior College where he won the Florida Junior College State Championship as an individual and as part of his college team.  Hinson continued his winning ways at Georgia Southern University where he played the #1 singles spot. 
Once his college career concluded, Hinson became a constant presence at the top of the USTA age division tournament rankings.  He has been ranked #1 in the USTA South Carolina Men’s 30s, 35s, 40s, 45s, 50s, and 55s age divisions for multiple years.  In addition he has been ranked #1 in the USTA Southern Section men’s rankings in both the 35s and 45s age divisions.  On the national stage, Hinson has been ranked as high as #4 and #9 in the men’s 35s age division.  In the USTA South Carolina rankings Hinson has spent the last 11 years at #1 in his age divisions. 
Hinson doesn’t just compete for his own glory, however.  For 24 straight years, he has been a stalwart member of team South Carolina in the Southern Senior Cup competition.  He has also been a member of the USTA National Intersectional team in both the 35s and 40s divisions, including a winning year in the 40s division.  In addition, Hinson has been a member of the USTA National Team where he was the men’s 35s champion. 
Talk to members of the Members Club at Woodcreek and WildeWood and they will tell you Hinson’s talents aren’t limited to his playing skills.  As the Director of Tennis at Wildewood for 26 years Hinson has a vigor and vitality that shows in the many socials, exhibitions, adult league teams, Jr. Team Tennis Teams, and other programs and events that the club hosts. 
Those who know Hinson contribute his longevity at the club to his knowledge of teaching strategies (he’s a USPTA Professional 1, a PTR Professional, and has international teaching experience) and flexibility in adapting to different situations.  In addition to his teaching and interpersonal skills, Hinson has been a certified referee for 20 years. 
The club itself has won a USTA Southern Section Outstanding League Tennis Facility Award for its strong league program.  The Jr. Team Tennis program is stellar, with teams winning the Jr. Team Tennis Southern Section Championships multiple times and the club produced a national champion team in 2007. 
Hinson’s playing skills and organizing energy have received many accolades.  Hinson has been named the USTA Southern Section Professional of the Year, the USTA SC John Newcombe Professional of the Year, the SC Professional Tennis Association Player of the Year, and USTA SC Player of the Year (twice).  Under Hinson’s leadership the Members Club at Woodcreek and WildeWood has won several awards including USTA SC Club of the Year, and hosted the USTA SC 2003 Tournament of the Year, the Pfizer Classic.