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Mixed Doubles League State Championships Preview

September 3, 2015 10:00 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Nearly 1,500 tennis players will take part in the 2015 USTA South Carolina Mixed Doubles League State Championships, which will be held next weekend in Florence.

This year’s event has drawn the top 131 teams from across the state, including teams from Hilton Head Island, Myrtle Beach, Greenville and Columbia. The players will compete in dozens of tennis matches while they’re in Florence. They’ll also explore the city, eat at local restaurants and stay in neighboring hotels.

More than 130 teams will participate in this year's USTA South Carolina Mixed Doubles League State Championships. (USTA SC photo)

"The USTA Mixed Doubles League State Championships are a great event for the City of Florence," said Ed Sprenger, tournament committee chairman for the Florence Tennis Association, which will help USTA South Carolina run the four-day championships. "We’re thrilled to again host another USTA event that will provide an economic boost for the city."

In July, the Florence Tennis Association, in partnership with the City of Florence, hosted the USTA South Carolina Junior Team Tennis State Championships. That event brought an estimated $210,000 to the city. Next weekend’s mixed doubles championships should bring more than $1 million to Florence, said Darlene Buchanan, the city’s recreation manager.

"The city is keenly aware of the impact tennis has had on our local economy and feels extremely proud of our role in attracting these visitors to our city," Buchanan said. "We are especially proud of the relationships we have forged with our local partners in the accommodations and hospitality arenas."

The participating mixed doubles teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, made it to Florence because they finished at the top of their local leagues. The teams are now vying for chances to represent USTA South Carolina at USTA Southern sectional championships next month, when teams from nine states will compete.

In all, 15 league state championships will be won next weekend in Florence.

"I’m looking forward to excited players and great tennis," said Susan Turner, USTA South Carolina’s mixed doubles league coordinator.

The mixed doubles championships will be played at four Florence facilities, including the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center, Timrod Park, Florence Country Club and West Florence High School.

Established in 1980, the USTA League program has grown from 13,000 participants competing regionally to more than 865,000 participants playing across the country, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.

For more information about next weekend’s championships, including draws when they’re available, click here.