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Spring season of "Serve. Rally. Pour." announced

March 1, 2016 08:50 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. – (MARCH 1, 2016) – USTA South Carolina is excited to announce that its innovative and popular tennis league for young professionals, “Serve. Rally. Pour.”, will have a second season in Columbia this spring.

The league, which debuted last fall, will again seek to bring together area young professionals for a night of laid-back exercise and fun with friends. The league, which requires no tennis experience from its participants, also should continue to help young professionals meet and network with peers.

“After hosting the inaugural season last fall, we’re eager to bring together even more young professionals in the Midlands to help them experience the lifelong sport of tennis and meet new people,” said Abby Galbreath, community development coordinator for USTA South Carolina, the state office of the U.S. Tennis Association.


The state office hosted the league last fall to help more young professionals learn how to play tennis and get involved with the sport. USTA South Carolina also wanted to welcome players who had prior tennis experience, including those who had played USTA Adult Leagues. The state office also sought to provide networking opportunities for all men and women ages 21-35.

The USTA was successful. More than 30 people played in the six-week season, which was held at St. Andrews Park in Columbia. And despite last fall’s wet weather, participants enjoyed the league and requested more seasons.

Martha Farmer was one of those participants. Farmer, 31, hadn’t played tennis since she was in middle school. But after attending the US Open in New York last fall, she sought a pressure-free way to get back into the sport.

She found that opportunity with “Serve. Rally. Pour.”

Farmer enjoyed how different the league was from the tennis you see on TV at Wimbledon. During “Serve. Rally. Pour.”, players could sit courtside and cheer for their teammates during matches. The contests also were timed; play rotated every 30 minutes, which helped the league earn its easygoing vibe.

“I had a great time playing tennis with other people my age and skill level,” Farmer said.

Some of the players in last fall's "Serve. Rally. Pour." season. (USTA SC photo)

Like Farmer, many of the participants during the first season were lapsed tennis players who wanted to get back on court. Others were completely new to the sport. And some people were already playing USTA Adult Leagues but wanted a league that paired them specifically with other young professionals.

The spring season of “Serve. Rally. Pour.” in Columbia will start March 31 with a kickoff event featuring mini tennis and other fun games. The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Carolina Ale House, 708 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

USTA South Carolina also will host free tennis clinics from 6:30-8 p.m. on April 6 and April 13 at St. Andrews Park, 920 Beatty Road, Columbia, SC 29210. A local tennis teaching professional will guide the clinics, which are for players of all skill levels, including beginners. Non-beginner players are still encouraged to attend the clinics to hit around with other players and form their teams for “Serve. Rally. Pour.”

The season’s team matches will start at 6 p.m. April 20 and continue every Wednesday through May 25. The matches will be held at St. Andrews Park.

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