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Aiken Ready For Mixed Doubles Championships

October 11, 2013 04:39 PM

Patti McVey has a little more to organize during this weekend’s mixed doubles tournament in Aiken than she has in past years.

Forty-two teams are expected for the 55 and Over and 65 and Over Mixed Doubles State Championships. That’s dozens more teams than have competed in recent years, said McVey, coordinator of this weekend’s mixed doubles championships.

The USTA restructuring its leagues earlier this year led to the larger field.

In past years, Aiken hosted the Super Senior championships, players 60 and older. This year, though, the USTA transitioned from the Super Senior division to the Mixed Doubles 55 and Over and Mixed Doubles 65 and Over divisions.

The younger players will comprise the bulk of the teams this weekend. McVey said 35 of the 42 teams are competing in the 55 and Over championships. “I do think the 65s will grow as word gets out,” she said.

This year’s tournament is also the first time all 12 tennis leagues in South Carolina have sent teams, she said.

Mark Calvert, tennis supervisor for the City of Aiken, is also excited about the tournament for something it brings every year: the economic impact of dozens of visiting players staying at Aiken hotels and eating at Aiken restaurants.

The tournament starts at noon, Friday, and concludes Sunday evening. It will be held at three venues: the Odell Weeks Tennis Center, the Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation and the Woodside Plantation Country Club.

Tournament winners in the 55 and over division will have the opportunity to join other state winners at the first USTA Southern Invitational 55 and Over Mixed Doubles Championships, Oct. 25-27 in North Little Rock, Ark., and Little Rock, Ark.

“As we get older, we look forward to this,” said McVey, who turns 72 next week. “Tennis truly is a sport of a lifetime.”

For more information, go to www.sctennis.com/mixed.

 

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