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Spring Leagues Registering Now Across the State

December 18, 2014 11:17 AM


Curt Holcomb could certainly find reasons not to play USTA league tennis in Charleston.

Curt Holcomb has played league tennis for 31 years. (USTA Southern photo.)

He could blame his full-time job as the vice president for programs at the South Carolina Research Authority, where he manages more than 50 employees.


He could say his volunteer roles keep him too busy, including his gig as vice president of First Baptist Church in downtown Charleston.

Or, if he was really looking for sympathy, he could throw out his age: 75.

Yet Holcomb chooses option D, none of the above, and next year he plans to sign up for more league
tennis with the Lowcountry Tennis Association in Charleston. The year 2015 will mark his 32nd with USTA
league tennis.

“I love playing at different locations against different people in different conditions,” Holcomb said.

Through league tennis, players meet new people and play at courts all around their local area. Perspective players can learn more about league tennis and even sign up to join a team that will play this spring.

Across the state, teams for players of all skill levels are forming in the following age divisions: 18 and over, 40 and over, 55 and over and 70 and over. And as long players are USTA members and older than the age minimum, they can play in as many leagues as they’d like.

For instance, a 75-year-old can play in all four of the above age divisions, which is what Holcomb almost did last year. He played in eight Lowcountry Tennis Association leagues in 2014, including the 18 and over, 55 and over and 70 and over leagues.

“Last night I played in an 18 and over match,” he said earlier this week. “I don’t win many of those.”

Holcomb was closer to 18 when he first played tennis on a regular basis in the late 1970s.

A few years later, in 1982, he moved to Charleston and worked at the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek. Nearby were a few tennis courts, and Holcomb found some colleagues to play with during their lunch hours.

The next year, he played in USTA leagues administered by the Lowcountry Tennis Association. And three decades later, Holcomb hasn’t stopped. “I’ve been incredibly lucky,” he said.

Health problems can remove people from the courts as they get older, and Holcomb has had his divvy of worries, including two broken wrists, skin cancer and prostate cancer. But he’s persisted through every scare. His wife, Ruby, 75, also plays a few times a week.

And if you, too, experience Charleston league tennis in 2015, you might see Holcomb on the court, smiling and playing, still enjoying every moment of his prolonged tennis career.

“We have no idea why the good Lord has allowed us to be playing tennis as much as we do at our age,” Curt Holcomb said, “but we’re happy to do it.”