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Pro Tennis:
The Charleston tennis community was host in September to an exhibition match between all time greats Pete Sampras and Jim Courier at the North Charleston Coliseum.  Over 2,500 fans attended the event which included an exhibition doubles match between Governor Mark Sanford/Sampras and College of Charleston basketball coach Bobby Cremins/Courier.

USTA 5.5 National Champions:
A congratulation to Charleston’s Brian Burke and his USTA 5.5 team who won the Nationals in Las Vegas in a hard fought battle against Indianapolis in the finals.  Low Country team members included: Brian Burke, Brandon Blankenbaker, Matt Hane, Santiago Falla, Ben Shuster, Lee Holyoak and Shawn Harris.
The USTA Open team captained by Chris Henderson were a semifinalist team in Las Vegas with impressive wins over Florida, Middle States and Eastern Sections.  Team members were: Charly Rasheed, Toby Simpson, Carlos Lozano, Ben Cook, Tom Eklund and Chris Henderson.

CPTL Champions crowned:
Congratulations to Santiago Falla’s Drew Appraisal team for winning the 2007 Charleston Pro Tennis League.  They earned a 2-1 win in the finals over Timo Siebert’s LCTA team. 

High School/Junior Tennis:
Wando freshman Meghan Blevins has been named the state's most improved junior girl by the state tennis association, while Ashley Hall freshman Patricia Kirkland was named winner of the girls' sportsmanship award. Earlier, Stephen Beach was announced as the boys' sportsmanship winner, and Cal Hillsman took the most improved boy award.
Randall Heffron won the boys' 16 singles title in the Southern Level 3 tournament at Hilton Head Island's Sea Pines Resort on Monday. Heffron trains at the I'On Club.
Jamie Harrell, Jessica Diamond and John Karle represented the area in the recent Southern Junior Davis Cup in Chattanooga, Tenn., helping South Carolina finish in third place. Harrell lost only once while playing No. 2 in girls' 16, while Diamond held down No. 3 in girls' 18 and Karle was No. 3 in boys' 16 singles. I'On Club tennis director Joey Eskridge served as the team's coach

Other accomplishments
Charleston native Helen Jeter has been selected for the S.C. Tennis Association's Hall of Fame and will be inducted at the annual meeting in December.
--The I'On Club has been named the SCTA's member club of the year, according to tennis director Joey Eskridge.
Local Pro’s Matt Hane and Timo Siebert were finalists in the National Beach Tennis Championships in New York in September, losing to a tough Italian team but registering impressive wins in the quarters and semis..
Diane Fishburne is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in women's 50 singles and probably wrapped up the top spot for the year with her national clay-court title last weekend in Pensacola, Fla. She also won the women's 40 doubles in that event.
If you count her world's championship, you could say that the former College of Charleston All-American won this year's U.S. Grand Slam of the 50s, since she also captured national titles on hard courts and indoors. But she didn't play the national grass courts.
Charleston's Brenda Carter is having the year of a lifetime. She already has won three national women's 60 singles titles and two doubles titles, sweeping both events in the national clay courts and national hard courts.
She is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in women's 60 singles and doubles.
The latest honor for Carter will take her to Christchurch, New Zealand, Nov. 26-Dec. 1, where she will serve as a player and captain of the U.S. team in the international Alice Marble Cup.
Carter also was on the team in 2006 in Turkey, when the Americans finished fifth.
Country Club of Charleston Director Lee Brockman has developed a certification program called “Darkness to Light” which is a program designed to inform everyone on child sex abuse.  This program was designed to instruct local pros on how to work with children in a way that will protect themselves from false accusations and making them more aware of the issues that surround inappropriate behavior.

 

 
 
 
 
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