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Brenda Carter Selected for Southern Tennis Hall of Fame

Brenda Carter

ATLANTA – October 27, 2014 – USTA Southern announced today that standout adult tennis player Brenda Carter, of Charleston, S.C., has been named as a 2015 inductee into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame.

Carter, along with Fran Chandler, of Jackson, Tenn., and former ATP World Tour player John Sadri, of Charlotte, N.C., are scheduled to be inducted into the hall at the USTA Southern Annual Meeting in January.

Carter’s tennis career has aged well as she has had more and more success in her senior years.

In 2013, she won the 65s singles national championships on four different surfaces: National Clay Court, National Indoors, National Grass and National Hardcourts. This feat was informally dubbed the “Golden Slam.” It should not be overlooked that she made the championship match in doubles in all four of these events, coming away with three doubles crowns. She ended the year at No. 1 in both the singles and doubles USTA national rankings.

In October, 2014, she captained the champion U.S. team which defeated France to take the 65 & over Kitty Godfree Cup in the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.

Carter’s career didn’t start in the last few decades. She began playing in Statesboro, Ga. when she received a tennis racquet on her tenth birthday. She played intramurals at Georgia Southern and, in 2004, was inducted into the Georgia Southern University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1999, she moved to Charleston, S.C., where she still resides.

While she competed in adult tournaments during the 1980s and 1990s, Carter’s career took flight in 2001 when she reached the semifinals of her first national tournament, National Clay 55s singles event. Later that year, she won the 55s National Hardcourt singles and doubles titles.

Carolyn Nichols, who runs the National Senior Women's Tennis Association website, described this as a major turning point in Brenda’s career. “She made a big splash when she played her first national tournament and beat Heide Orth, perhaps the most accomplished international senior player ever, and has never looked back.” 

But, here’s more on her recent playing success. 2002 proved to be another successful year for Carter as she captured her second National singles title. This was also the year Carter was selected to the Maureen Connolly Cup team. She would be a member of this team from 2002-2006 during which she served as captain in 2004 and 2005.

Carter won back-to-back National Indoor 55s singles titles in 2003 and 2004. A year later, she won three national titles, one in singles and two in doubles. Carter added world champion to her resume in 2007 when she won the ITF Individual World Championships. In addition, she was selected for the Alice Marble Cup Team from 2006 - 2010 and the Kitty Godfree Cup Team from 2011 - 2014.

That victory would help place Carter at the No. 1 spot on the ITF ranking chart. She followed that with six more national championships, three in singles, two doubles, and one mixed in 2008. As if these accomplishments weren’t enough, her trophy run was far from over.

With every title that Brenda notched, her USTA National Ranking remained within the top echelon of the pack. During the span of 2001-2013, Brenda was No.1 eight times, and within the top five four of the remaining years. Along with her World Singles title in 2007, she has a World Doubles title and one World Mixed Doubles title.

Carter does not only have passion for playing the sport but for tennis off of the court. From 2009-2011, Brenda served as National Senior Women’s Tennis Association President. She was also appointed to the USTA National Adult/Senior Competition Committee. Cindy Babb, USTA Southern Adult Competition Chairman and Brenda’s friend, commented, “She has been the best ambassador possible for senior tennis.” 

Brenda has almost as many accolades that do not include winning tennis championships. She was honored with the 2003 and 2011 USTA Southern Slew Hester Adult Achievement Awards. She has served as captain to three different USA World Cup Teams, Maureen Connelly Cup Team, Alice Marble Cup Team and the Kitty Godfree Cup Team. USTA South Carolina awarded her the Adult Player of the Year in 2001 and 2006 and she was named Masters Athlete Magazine “Female GeezerJock of Year, 2007.” Brenda was named to the Kitty Godfree Cup team that will once more compete in the 2014 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championship

When asked about Brenda’s attitude off the court, Nichols said, “Brenda is about the most positive person I've ever met. If you are around Brenda, you can't complain.”

Nichols is not the only one to pick up on this attitude, as Brenda has received the NSWTA Margaret Russo Sportsmanship Award and the Betty Gray Washington Sportsmanship Award. 

 

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