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JTT Championships Set For Florence

July 14, 2014 01:23 PM
About 220 kids from across the state will have fun and compete for state titles this weekend during the USTA South Carolina Jr. Team Tennis State Championships in Florence.
 
(Check out the JTT Championships page on our website by clicking here. Click here to go to the JTT Championships Facebook page.)

The players, ages 10 to 18, will play against kids of similar ages and ability levels and try to advance to regional championships, which will be held next month.

The kids also will have fun when they’re not playing matches. Saturday afternoon, USTA SC will stop all play and host a “Tennis Extravaganza,” which will include fun on-court competitions, an inflatable water slide, and snow cones for all players and coaches.
 
“We want everyone to have fun,” said Rebecca Martell, USTA SC junior recreation and special populations coordinator.

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Florence should enjoy the event as well.

Dozens of parents and relatives will attend the championships and stimulate the local economy by exploring Florence restaurants and businesses.

The event will be another tennis championship at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center that benefits the local economy. Last year, the city hosted 10 tennis championships, including two USTA SC events. The 10 events brought more than $2 million into the area.

Teams advance to the JTT State Championships by playing well in their local leagues, which are held throughout the year. The six-week seasons of team tennis practice and match play help kids get exercise and experience a sport they can enjoy all their lives.

This weekend, 28 teams will compete at the championships. The Midlands, with 11 teams, will have the most teams competing.

The Greenville area, with nine teams, also will be well represented.

That’s a big change from how things were in Greenville in 2009 when local JTT coordinator Ashlyn Cousins started the program. In 2013, the program had 1,063 participants, making it one of the biggest in the South.

Teams that win state can advance to the 2014 USTA Southern Jr. Team Tennis Sectional Championships, from August 15-17 at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C.

Schedule of play

Friday

6 p.m.: Play begins.

Saturday

9 a.m.: Morning matches begin.

12:30 p.m.: Tennis Extravaganza

2 p.m.: Afternoon matches begin.

Sunday

9 a.m.: Morning matches begin.

1:30 p.m.: Afternoon matches begin.

Number of teams by area

11: Midlands: Columbia, Lexington, Irmo

9: Greenville

3: Bluffton, Hilton Head Island.

2: Rock Hill

1: Spartanburg

1: St. George

1: Orangeburg

Number of teams per flight

10 and Under Intermediate: 6

12 and Under Intermediate: 5

14 and Under Intermediate: 5

18 and Under Intermediate: 7

18 and Under Advanced: 5

 

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