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Previewing the USTA SC Singles State League Championships

November 10, 2014 04:55 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Cadill Maharaj and his Charleston team will have hometown advantage when they go for their fourth consecutive USTA title this weekend.

Maharaj and his teammates, all of whom live in the Charleston area, will play in the USTA South Carolina Singles State League Championships, which will be played at four Charleston facilities Saturday through Monday.

Maharaj’s team and 73 other USTA teams from all over the state will play their matches at Moultrie Playground, the Maybank Tennis Center, the Charleston Tennis Center and St. Andrew’s Parks and Playground.

“It’s awesome playing at home. We have such a supportive tennis community in Charleston,” said Maharaj, a tennis pro at The Club at Dunes West in Mount Pleasant. “A lot of our tennis family will come to cheer us on.”

The championships are expected to draw more than 300 players to the area for tennis. The three-day event also should significantly boost the Charleston economy during a slower stretch for area tourism.

Up for grabs on the courts will be bragging rights for a year and 14 USTA South Carolina state league championships. The championship divisions are grouped by age and competition level. Teams advanced to the state league championships by playing well in their local USTA leagues.

For Maharaj’s team, the “Shots and giggles,” that meant surviving their league in the Lowcountry Tennis Association, Charleston’s USTA Community Tennis Association.

Team contests at state will consist of three individual singles matches. The team that wins two of the three singles matches wins the team match.

Play begins Saturday and finishes Monday. The championships are free to attend.

Cadill Maharaj, far left, has had different players on his team over the years but, since 2011, two words have stayed the same on their USTA South Carolina plaque: "State champion." His team will go for its fourth consecutive state league championship this weekend in Charleston.