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USTA SC Combo Doubles Championships Continue

October 18, 2013 05:52 PM

Jonathon Braden | braden@sctennis.com

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The first championship of the USTA South Carolina Combo Doubles League Championships is staying here.

The Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island won the 55 and Over, level 8.5, league state championship on Friday afternoon. It was the first of 28 state league titles that will be won during the Combo Doubles League State Championships, the largest USTA South Carolina tournament.

The team has been playing together for about 15 years, said Bill Sturm, who was a part of the doubles team that clinched the win. A few members of the team also won a title at last weekend’s Mixed Doubles State League Championships in Aiken, S.C.

“We just hit the 55s, so we’re at the right age for this,” said Sturm, adding that almost all of the team is between 55 and 60 years old.

His teammate, Bobby Tillison, said the guys enjoy the league state championships because they get to play people from all over South Carolina.

Tillison even had dinner with members of the team his Hilton Head Island squad beat in the finals, the Upper Piedmont Tennis Association from Greenville.

On Friday, play also started for 40 and Over Men and Women, levels 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5, and 18 and Over Men, level 9.5.

About 250 teams are competing for the 28 state championships. The championships are expected to bring about 2,500 people to Hilton Head Island to play and watch tennis. All of the championships are free to attend.

The Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center is the host site of the championships, which finish Monday and are being played at 12 sites. This is the first year the championships have been held on Hilton Head Island. They previously have been on Daniel Island.

Combo is single-gender doubles. The rating of a combo team combines the league ratings of both players. For example, if one player has a 3.5 rating and another has a 4.0, the combo team would compete at the 7.5 level. Combo doubles, unlike mixed doubles, does not limit how far apart each player on the doubles team can be rated.

Winners of the tournament will advance to the Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships early next year. USTA South Carolina scores can be found here.

USTA South Carolina Combo Doubles League Championships

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55 and Over Men, level 8.5: Champion (above): Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island, captain Dave Dockum; Finalist: Upper Piedmont Tennis Association, captain Richard Jones.

Remaining USTA South Carolina Combo Doubles League Championships schedule

Saturday

  • Championships finish for the remaining 55 and Over and 65 and Over Men and Women divisions.
  • All 18 and Over Women, levels 5.0 to 9.5, begin play, along with 18 and Over Men, levels 5.5 to 8.5.

Sunday

  • Championships conclude for all 40 and Over Men and Women divisions, and 18 and Over Women, level 5.0, and 18 and Over Men, levels 5.5 and 9.5.

Monday

  • Championships finish for the remaining 18 and Over Men and Women divisions.
 

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