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1,200 Tennis Players Headed to Hilton Head

April 27, 2015 01:42 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – David Bisbee will be playing in his first U.S. Tennis Association state league championship this weekend on Hilton Head Island. But his 13 Sea Pines Country Club teammates, who have participated in previous USTA events, have given him sage advice. “Just have fun,” Bisbee said.

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He will captain a team playing in the USTA South Carolina 55 and Over State League Championship, which will take place Saturday through Monday. The event is one of two USTA championships taking place on Hilton Head Island this weekend. On Thursday through Saturday, the 70 and Over State League Championship will take place.

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In all, some 1,200 South Carolina league players will come to Hilton Head Island for five days of tennis. They also will compete for 14 state league championships.

“We’re looking forward to a great, long weekend of tennis all over Hilton Head Island,” said Susan Turner, USTA South Carolina’s state league championship coordinator for the 55 and over and 70 and over divisions.

Palmetto Dunes, Palmetto Dunes Centre Court, Sea Pines Country Club, South Beach, Long Cove, Moss Creek and Shipyard all will host matches during the two championships. Palmetto Dunes is the official host site of the two championships and will host all finals matches.

“We’re eager to start another year of state league championship tennis with USTA South Carolina,” said Jackie Reynecke, tournament director at Palmetto Dunes. “We’re also thrilled to be partnering with so many other world-class facilities on and around Hilton Head Island.”

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Bisbee is also eager for this weekend. Two years ago, he moved to Hilton Head Island from Atlanta to retire after a career as an attorney. Now he’s enjoying life and playing tennis as often as possible. “I’m just looking forward to getting to play different people,” he said. “I know the competition is going to be real good.”

If his team survives the tough competition and wins a state league championship, they can advance to the 2015 USTA League Adult 55 and Over Southern Sectional Championships, scheduled for Sept. 18-20 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Bisbee, though, has simple expectations for the weekend.

“We’re going to go and have a good time,” he said. “Of course we hope we keep moving on but we’re just going to enjoy it.”

The 70 and Over State League Championship starts Thursday morning and finishes Saturday morning. The 55 and Over State League Championship starts Saturday morning and finishes Monday afternoon.

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