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Charles Hardaway was one of the state’s top junior, high school and college players during the 1960’s.  He played 6 years at Greenville High School, serving as team captain his junior and senior years.  He won 5 state high school singles titles and 6 doubles titles, and the team won 5 state championships and the Southern Interscholastic Championship in 1967.  He won 1 singles and 4 doubles titles at the Palmetto Championships in Belton as well as numerous titles at the State Closed and State Jaycee tournaments.  He and partner Zan Guerry won the 1965 Southern Closed 16U Doubles Championships. Charles was named to the first South Carolina Junior Davis Cup team in 1965 and again in 1966.  Charles received the 1963 Chattanooga Times Sportsmanship Award at the 14U National Championships. He was ranked #1 in the state numerous times, and as high as #3 in the South and #7 in the nation.


Charles played college tennis at The Citadel starting in 1967, where he was a 4-year starter.  He won the fifth flight Southern Conference singles title his sophomore year, 1 of 14 Southern Conference singles champions in school history.  He played #1 singles his junior and senior seasons and served as team captain his senior year.  He was presented the 1971 Marion S. Lewis Award at The Citadel, which represents sportsmanship, leadership and competitive drive.


After graduating from the Citadel, Charles won the Michigan/Wisconsin Men’s Open Singles in 1972 while serving in the United States Air Force.  He played state and southern tournaments between 1985 and 2010, excelling in doubles, winning 8 state championships.  He and his wife Tracy won the South Carolina Clay Court and Hard Court Husband Wife Championships 4 times between 1985 and 1990.  They won the consolation at the 2010 National Husband/Wife Grass Court Championships in the 120 combined age division. He earned 12 #1 state adult doubles rankings and he and Tracy were ranked #3 in the South in Mixed Doubles in 2010.


Charles and his family have been strong advocates of tennis in South Carolina.  He served as the Fund Raising Chairman for the 1981 American Federal Pro Tennis Classic at Greenville Country Club, which showcased the talents of top professional players.  The Hardaways funded 2 varsity courts at the University of South Carolina and 2 courts at the Kroc Center in Greenville, where he serves as a volunteer tennis instructor for underserved students at the Legacy Charter High School.  Hardaway cofounded the Citadel Bulldog Tennis Association which raises funds to support the tennis team and their scholarship fund. Charles and Tracy continue to compete in mixed doubles tournaments and USTA Adult leagues.