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More USTA Leagues, More Fun For Hilton Head Island Player

October 18, 2013 10:37 AM

Jonathon Braden |

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Mark Anders was looking for more fun and more tennis.

His years as a banking executive had left him stressed, and his tennis playing was limited in the Baltimore area, where he lived.

Nearing retirement, Anders traveled the country in search of where he wanted spend the next phase of his life. He settled at a familiar place: Hilton Head Island.

Anders, a longtime tennis player, had come to Hilton Head Island on prior vacations. What helped bring him to Hilton Head Island for vacations — outdoor tennis year-round on clay courts — helped bring him here for good.

This is a great tennis community,” he said.

Since he moved here in January 2010, Anders has played more tennis. He’s also joined more USTA leagues. This year, he’s played in eight leagues, which offer adults friendly competition and camaraderie.

Anders also has taken advantage of USTA South Carolina state league championships. This weekend, he will be participating with three teams during the USTA South Carolina Combo Doubles State League Championships on Hilton Head Island. The five-day championships, which finish Monday, are the largest USTA South Carolina state league championships.

Anders is captaining two teams, a 40 and Over Men 7.5 team and a 55 and Over 7.5 team. He also is playing on a third squad: a 55 and Over 8.5 team. All of the teams are associated with the Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island.

“Tennis has been a great avenue for getting around the island and meeting a lot of different people,” he said. “The leagues take you all over the island and even off island.”

On his new home of Hilton Head Island, Anders is working again; he started a small property management business. But he's having more fun as well.

Tennis,” he said, “has been a big part of what is more fun for me.”