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Dennis Malick’s love for tennis began at age 40, and he has made significant contributions to the sport for more than 20 years. He currently chairs the association’s Information Technology and Website Committee and also serves on the Publications Committee.

Malick has been an integral part of the inner workings of Hilton Head Island tennis. As a leader of Tennisaction, he helped operate Spring Break Tennis for collegiate varsity teams. In 17 years of existence, the organization brought in more than 40,000 college players to this event. Tennisaction started the Banana Open, which is now in six Southeastern states, culminating in the Banana Open Challenge on Hilton Head Island. Malick also founded the BillyBob Century Doubles Cup, which pits competitors with combined age divisions of 80, 100, 120 and 140 years.

Under his leadership at the Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, the resort received the Organization of the Year award in 1988 for both South Carolina and the Southern section. He served as promotions director for the Van der Meer Tennis Center and the Port Royal and Shipyard Racquet Clubs. He is currently enjoying “semi-retirement” and working part-time with the Port Royal Club.

Malick also plays mixed, seniors and super seniors. The South Carolina Professional Tennis Association and the Hilton Head Island Tennis Professionals Association named him Pro of the Year.

A 1960 graduate of Penn State University, Malick incorporated his journalism skills with his passion for tennis. He was the first editor of Tennis Pro and South Carolina Tennis magazines. His journalism career also included reporting for the Associated Press and serving as an editor for the Fresno Bee, the Greensboro Record and the Virginian-Pilot newspapers.

His wife, Carol, has also served as president of Tennisaction.

 

 
 
 
 
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