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Adult League State Championship (4.0-5.0) Wrap Up

May 19, 2009 06:47 PM

The USTA South Carolina Adult League Championships (4.0-5.0) were held in Aiken, SC from May 15-18. Hosted by the H. Odell Weeks Tennis Center, the championships gathered more than 600 participants, who played on a mix of clay and hard courts at 5 different sites. These included the H. Odell Weeks Tennis Center, Houndslake Tennis Club, Woodside Country Club, USC Aiken, and Reserve Tennis Club. The team captain's meeting followed by the player’s party at Aiken’s Municipal center kicked off the weekend’s events Friday night.
The tournament got off to a less than auspicious start, as unpredictable rain and thunderstorms threatened player’s ability to compete. Rain delays pushed matches back nearly two hours Friday night, while scattered storms were present throughout the rest of the weekend. Thanks to the dedicated staff members of the facilities, who worked hard to dry the courts, the rain was only a minor setback to a near perfect tournament, and after Friday afternoon no matches were delayed.
Competition was fierce as teams from all over the state, ranging in NTRP level from 4.0 to 5.0, came hoping to clench a championship title and an invitation to the USTA Southern Championship in Birmingham, AL. Finals matches began Monday morning, and the play was fiercely competitive. While a few teams pulled away from the competition, most competed until the very last point to determine who would take the title.
While some players left as champions, and others as disappointed finalists, all agreed that the tournament was a rousing success.  There was some initial skepticism about the location from players who had not been to Aiken. However, once players began to arrive they were wowed by the facility and staff.  It was the first time the tournament has been hosted by the H. Odell Weeks Tennis Center in Aiken. “I had a lady from Charleston who told me how disappointed she was when she found out the event was in Aiken,” said Mark Calvert, the head teaching pro at the facility. “Then she came here and said that the facilities were incredible. The city was incredible, and now she can’t wait to come back.”

To see pictures of the champions you can click here