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USTA South Carolina Junior All Star Camp held at Family Circle Tennis Center

February 8, 2006 09:43 PM

Charleston, SC (2/8/06) - The Family Circle Tennis Center hosted the annual USTA South Carolina Junior All Star Camp over the weekend of February 4th – 6th.  This camp offered elite junior players first class instruction and training provided by many of the state’s top tennis coaches.  The weekend itinerary included specific tennis training techniques, drills, match play, as well as seminars on nutrition and training. 

This camp was created in 1982 to provide the state’s top juniors with some additional top-level instruction and training, and to celebrate their success in the previous year’s tournament competition.  The top 10 juniors (boys and girls) in four age divisions were invited to the camp.  USTA South Carolina funded the entire weekend.  “Our mission is to promote tennis throughout the state from a grass roots junior level, continuing through senior play,” noted David Honeycutt, President – USTA South Carolina Board of Directors.  “The All Star Weekend is an investment in our top juniors that builds interest among their peers, resulting in increased levels of tennis participation and enjoyment of the life-long game of tennis.”

The All Star Junior Tennis Camp recruited a group of tennis professionals who have a strong background in training top level juniors.  These pros have volunteered their time to train the best young talent in the state in an effort to continue South Carolina’s strong tradition of tennis excellence.  Pros shared their expertise through instruction, drills, and motivation throughout the weekend.  “In my junior years as a participant, and in my professional experience as an instructor, I’ve always had a warm place in my heart for the All Star weekend,” stated Will Bull, Tennis Professional – Myrtle Beach, SC.  “This weekend is a reward for the best talent in the state, and I’m proud to volunteer my time for these deserving young stars.”

During a break from the tennis action on Saturday, participants received valuable knowledge and tips from Dr. Joseph J. Calandra of Performance Consultants LLC, a well known and respected member of the sports medicine community.  He spoke to the athletes about improving their on-court results through nutrition, hydration, dietary intake, the importance of understanding product labeling, and a multi-tiered physiological approach to recovery.  “Recovery, through nutrition and hydration, is one of the most important factors that these young athletes and their parents need to focus on in order to get them to the next level.”

The Family Circle Tennis Center, home of the Family Circle Cup, is a public facility owned by the City of Charleston and operated by Family Circle Magazine that hosts a variety of events including concerts, festivals, tennis events and other special activities throughout the year.  With over 21 million readers, Family Circle is one of the most widely read monthly magazines in America and is one of 14 leading subscription magazines owned by Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP).   The Center features a 10,200 seat stadium, a Grand Lawn, 17 tennis courts, all lighted for night play, and a racquet club featuring a full service pro shop and locker room facilities.   The Family Circle Tennis Center has a full service event management staff capable of handling all aspects of an event including ticketing, operations, sales, advertising, marketing and public relations.  For more information on the Family Circle Tennis Center or a schedule of events please call (843) 849-5300 or go online at