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No lights. No bathrooms. No problem for Irmo USTA team

April 28, 2015 11:48 AM

Jonathon Braden
USTA South Carolina

Fanni Simmons’ USTA league team had a problem earlier this year.

Their usual spring league home courts in Irmo were booked, and they didn’t want to drive 20 minutes to Chapin for every home league match.

So Simmons worked with the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission. This spring, her team played their home matches at Crossroads Middle School, just minutes from their old home courts.

“It all worked out,” Simmons said.

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Four of Simmons' team members, from left to right: Pat Sims, Patty Schultz, Vivian Ryan and Simmons. Not pictured but going to state: Johnette Jones, June Barnes and Janet Boland. (Submitted photo)
 

The team might want to keep using those home courts. They played well enough in the spring to advance to this weekend’s USTA South Carolina 55 and Over State League Championship on Hilton Head Island. The championship, which starts Saturday at Palmetto Dunes, will feature 90 teams from all over the state.

Simmons and her teammates are looking forward to more fun with friends. “It’s just a great bunch of ladies that all love playing with each other and enjoy tennis,” she said.

They want to “bring home the gold” on Monday but they also know the real reason behind USTA South Carolina league tennis. “This is for recreational purposes only,” said Simmons, who started playing about 20 years ago. “We play hard but we leave it on the court.”

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Their new home courts did present some challenges.

The school courts don’t have lights, but that didn’t affect the team because they played on Saturday mornings. The group was affected by the lack of bathrooms at the courts because the school was locked during their matches.

But before the season started, Simmons made sure it was OK with nearby businesses’ if a player used a business’ bathroom during their four home league matches.

“We just made an agreement between the teams if you had to go potty, don’t wait until the last minute,” Simmons said. “Senior ladies, we are not as catty as we used to be.”

 

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