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3,750 College Tennis Matches in March on Hilton Head Island

March 30, 2004 09:39 PM
Spring Break Tennis has been called the "quiet tennis invasion" on Hilton Head Island. Wrapping up its 19th year, 400 dual matches (3,750 individual matches) were played during March among colleges from throughout the eastern two-thirds of the country. The more than 2,500 players, coaches, parents and travel companions provided an estimated $500,000 economic impact on the Island.

Continuing where SBT founder Dennis Malick left off after selling the business two years ago, new operator Ray Yost continues to work with local tennis organizations by donating equipment, sponsoring events and having college teams work out with the local Recreation Center youth tennis participants.

College teams over the years have been a big help with our Recreation youth groups, says local tennis leader Ed Bernier. "Many times the teams will stay after a match and work with the local youth programs, giving tips and even hitting with some of the junior players." Most recently SBT helped further by donating  Wilson junior rackets to Cameron Everett, Recreation Center tennis professional, for his youth programs.

On the other end of the age spectrum, SBT will be a Sun City Senior Championships sponsor by donating Wilson balls for match play.

Yost, who also coaches Mercyhurst College (Erie PA) men's and women's teams, is aiming for Spring Break Tennis to be known for something else other than just bringing in college teams for match play in March. "We hope to get much more involved with the local tennis community and, as we get accustomed to running the business, we will have more time to work with the local and state tennis groups."

In addition to the 180 college men's and women's teams that were part of SBT 2004, eight high school trained and played matches on the island--a number Yost to significantly increase in the future.

One radical difference Yost enjoyed between his first two years managing the event--18 rain days in 2003, zero rain days in 2004.