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Carter and Roberts to be Inducted into the SC Tennis Hall of Fame

August 17, 2009 03:54 PM
USTA South Carolina and the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation wish to announce two new inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.  Brenda Carter, of Charleston, and Joe Roberts, of Greenville, will be inducted into the SC Tennis Hall of Fame during the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held December 12, 2009.  Both inductees will have their portraits painted and enshrined in the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in Belton.
 Brenda Carter, of Charleston, has been a resident of South Carolina for 10 years, and in that time has made an indelible impact on the tennis community.  Before her relocation to the Charleston area, Carter was known around Georgia as a very good player and had achieved a #1 Southern Ranking.  However, when she moved to South Carolina, she began to collect national titles like Roger Federer on a hot streak. 
After she moved to South Carolina, Carter became an ITF World Champion in the 60-and-over division, a doubles finalist in the ITF World Championships, a 14 time national singles title winner and a 10 time national doubles title winner.  Carter has been a member of the USTA National Team, which competes in the ITF World Team Championships, a member of the Maureen Connolly Cup team for five years and she has just been selected to compete for her fourth year on the Alice Marble Cup team.  In addition, Carter is currently serving as the President of the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association. 
 Carter is not only a world-class player, she is a world-class-act.  South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame member Diane Fishburne says that Carter is “generous, humble and is unmatched when it comes to integrity.”  Even her opponents will tell you that when she is on the court you can sense that she is someone special.  Carter’s outstanding sportsmanship, great play and national stature have earned her the Margaret Russo Sportsmanship Award.  This award is one of the top honors that can be bestowed upon an individual, and its recipients are nominated, and voted on, by their fellow players. 
 Carter also gives back to the tennis community through her dedication to the Southern Senior Cup.  This competition has teams of players ages 35 and older facing teams from the other nine states in the USTA Southern Section.  Carter has been selected for the South Carolina team for 10 years.  In addition, Carter has selected for the Southern Section Intersectional team for 10 years.  This competition gathers the best players from around the U.S., and has teams from each section face off to crown the best in the nation.
 Joe Roberts, of Greenville, has been shaping faith and forehands in the Greenville area for decades.  Roberts was a standout junior player in North Carolina, and he continued his dominance when he went off to college.  In two years as the #1 player, and team captain, for the Furman University men’s tennis team, Roberts compiled 18 wins to only two losses, which still stands as the best record in Furman history. 
 After graduation, Roberts focused on his work as a minister, serving as interim pastor at 36 churches, and did not play competitive tennis until he became assistant to the president at Furman in 1971.  As assistant to the president, he had limited time for tennis but still maintained a top five Southern ranking throughout the 1970s.
 In addition to his work at Furman, and his time on the court, Roberts dedicated himself to improving tennis in the Southern Section.  He served as the Ranking Chairman for the Southern Tennis Association for the 55s and 65s age divisions, and with his prompting the Southern Section began ranking the 75s age division.  Unsurprisingly, Roberts has been ranked in the top three of the Men’s 75s age division every year he has been eligible. 
Since 1980 Roberts has been ranked in the top 10 players of every age division he has played in, he has been named USTA SC Adult Player of the Year and he has captained the USTA SC Senior Cup team.  On the Senior Cup team, he has a 25-5 record, which is unmatched among South Carolina players.  In addition to his Senior Cup accomplishments, Roberts won four consecutive Southern Closed Championships in 1998, was champion at the Southern Open in 1998 and won the 2005 Southern Hard Court Championships.  Roberts went undefeated in 2005 in both singles and doubles as a member of the Southern Intersectional team, which gathers the best players in the Southern Section to face off against the top players from sections around the U.S.  Overall, Roberts has a 10-2 record in Intersectional play. 
While Roberts is a fierce player, his opponents can testify that he is a superb sportsman and shows nothing but respect for his opponents and officials.  Roberts believes that quality of volunteers is what builds success in tennis and is widely known for his consistent expression of appreciation for the clubs, administrators, referees and court workers who help grow the game of tennis. 
These two individuals’ contributions to tennis in South Carolina are immeasurable and the Palmetto state is grateful to have such wonderful individuals willing to help grow the sport of a lifetime - tennis.  If you are interested in attending the USTA South Carolina Hall of Fame Banquet, or would like more information on this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, please contact Peppers McBeth at 800-644-7282.