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Amazing Line-Up of Coaches and Facilities Ready for Fall CTC Series

August 4, 2009 07:56 PM

The Player Development Committee and the Competition Department of USTA South Carolina have planned an exciting series of Competition Training Centers (CTC) in the Fall of 2009 for South Carolina’s top young players. Having lined up some of the best coaches and teaching pros in SC and obtained the use of great facilities,Jr Player geographically dispersed across the state, USTA SC’s CTC Volunteer Coordinator Mark Smith has created an opportunity for the state’s top 14s and 12s players to gain a wealth of knowledge and hands-on application (read intense workouts here) to bring their game to the next level of competition. This series of four training weekends, at Furman University in Greenville, at Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, at Topspin Racquet Club in Lexington, and at Prestwick Club in Myrtle Beach, will prepare those enrollees accepted into the program to compete more effectively at the Southern Sectional and National levels in the months ahead. It also gives these players exposure to USTA Player Development staff, under the direction of Patrick McEnroe, as possible candidates for the USTA’s regional (Atlanta) and national (Boca Raton) elite player training centers. Invitations will go out my mail in early August. Dates for these sessions:

  • Sept. 12-13: Furman University, Greenville
  • October 24: Palmetto Tennis Center, Sumter
  • November 14: Topspin Racquet & Swim Club, Lexington
  • December 12-13: Prestwick Country Club, Myrtle Beach ( in conjunction with USTA SC Annual Meeting)

An integral part of the USTA’s national Player Development Program for the last twenty years, these intense one- or two- day sessions, held in each state, give the top

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ranked players in each birth year 11s through 14s the chance to supplement the coaching and training they’re receiving in their own communities with the latest information and tips on stroke mechanics, nutrition, the psychology of competition, singles and doubles strategy, point development on clay, fitness, injury prevention, the ideal coach-player-parent relationship and periodization (seasonal training patterns to get peak performance at optimum times of the year) from experts in the coaching field. Coaches committed to this year’s program include:

  • Mark Smith – Director of Tennis at Pebble Creek Country Club, Greenwood; Chairman of USTA Southern Player Development Committee
  • Charly Rasheed – Director of Tennis at Wild Dunes, Charleston; former Clemson Varsity standout
  • Will Bull – Director of Tennis, Prestwick Tennis Club; former touring pro
  • Carlos Lozano – Director of Tennis at Topspin Racquet & Swim Club, Lexington; former collegiate standout and Davis Cup player for Mexico

Other guest pros will be invited to contribute for each session. Mark Smith is being ably assisted in the administration of these events by John Sheffield, Executive Director, and Jessica Amick, Competition Assistant, on staff at the USTA SC office in Columbia.

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Player selections will be made from the end of July USTA South Carolina “current standings list.” The top seven players in each specific birth year, according to their age eligibility for the 2010 State Qualifier (“Belton”), will be invited to attend the full series.