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Combo State Championships Head to HHI

October 17, 2013 08:35 AM

 

 


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About 2,500 people will be playing or watching tennis – and spending money – on Hilton Head Island this week as the biggest USTA South Carolina State League Championships come there for the first time.

The Combo Doubles League State Championships, which runs Thursday through Monday, will feature competition at myriad skill levels and age groups. In total, 249 teams plan to compete for 28 state championships.

“I’m excited because so many of the players are excited about coming,” said Joyce Harrison, USTA South Carolina coordinator of the championships.

Mark Anders will be captaining two teams and playing on a third team, all associated with the Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island.

“It’s a great tennis community here,” said Anders, who moved to the island in 2010. “The USTA is a big part of that.”

Anders said he especially likes the combo format, which differs from regular singles or doubles competitions.

Combo is single-gender doubles. The rating of a combo team combines the league ratings of both players. For example, if one player has a 3.5 rating and another has a 4.0, the combo team would compete at the 7.5 level.

Combo doubles, unlike mixed doubles, does not limit how far apart each player on the doubles team can be rated.

The championships will be played at 12 sites, but Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center is the host site of the championships, which have previously been held on Daniel Island.

Jackie Reynecke, tournament director at Palmetto Dunes, said the tournament’s timing – outside of tourist season – is especially helpful for the local economy. The island’s tourist season stretches from March to after Labor Day, she said.

“People are staying at a lot of different places,” she said. “They have to eat, they have to buy gas; Lord knows the women love to shop.”

Play begins Thursday for the most veteran players, and state championships will be earned Friday through Monday. Winners of the tournament will advance to the Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships early next year. The tournament schedule is below.

Thursday
Play begins for all 55 and Over Men and Women, levels 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5. Play also starts for 65 and Over Men and Women, levels 6.5 and 7.5.

Friday
Championships conclude for the 55 and Over Men, level 8.5.
Play starts for all 40 and Over Men and Women, levels 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5. Play also begins for 18 and Over Men, level 9.5.

Saturday
Championships conclude for the remaining 55 and Over and 65 and Over Men and Women divisions.
All 18 and Over Women, levels 5.0 to 9.5, begin play, along with 18 and Over Men, levels 5.5 to 8.5.

Sunday
Championships conclude for all 40 and Over Men and Women divisions, and 18 and Over Women, level 5.0, and 18 and Over Men, levels 5.5 and 9.5.

Monday
Championships finish for the remaining 18 and Over Men and Women divisions.

 

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