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USTA National Facility of the Year Award Winners

October 12, 2004 08:29 PM

On September 10th at the semi-annual USTA Meeting in New York City the Facility of the Year Awards were announced.  South Carolina garnered 2 of the 15 awards given.  The Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter won one of the Facilities of the Year Awards for large facility with 11 or more courts.  The College of Charleston won as one of four collegiate facilities award. 

The Palmetto Tennis Center was nominated because it is the newest facility in South Carolina.  It is a fourteen hard-court tennis facility that has already hosted The Carolina Virginias Athletic Conference Championships, The Outback NBSC Tennis Tournament and Chuck Kriese’s Total Tennis Training Camp for Juniors.  The success of the courts has boosted the construction of phase two of the project with an additional four courts to be ready by January 2005.  The Palmetto Tennis Center has seen a steady increase in tennis being played in Sumter all summer.  Tennis is alive and well in Sumter.

The recently completed College of Charleston Tennis Center at Patriots Point gives the men's and women's tennis teams a first class complex including locker rooms, offices and lighted playing courts. The facility features nine outdoor lighted courts and a 3,000 square foot clubhouse with tennis offices and locker rooms. For tennis fans, it has a two-tiered terrace that overlooks the courts for easy viewing. Instead of bleachers, spectators sit in low-country style rocking chairs. The courts also have computerized scoreboards that are updated by the players during the crossovers. For additional photos, click here.

"We are very excited about our new home," said College of Charleston women's tennis head coach Angelo Anastopoulo, who will also serve as the director of the complex. "We hope to create as many fond memories on the new courts as we had on the Silcox courts. It is a first class facility and it has everything we could want in order to attract the highest level student-athletes. It will also hopefully allow us to take both programs to even greater heights and help attract top-notch competition to the Charleston area."