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Three USTA SC Championships Coming to HHI in 2014

March 11, 2014 10:27 AM

Hilton Head Island tennis fans and players will have one more way to enjoy their favorite sport in 2014.

USTA South Carolina will bring three of its state league championships to Hilton Head this year, one more than the area hosted last year.

The area also will host the largest USTA SC State League Championship, the Combo Doubles State Championships for a second consecutive year. The championship draws about 2,500 participants, along with families and friends, to Hilton Head during a slower time for the area’s tourism, October.

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The USTA SC Combo Doubles State Championships are scheduled to return to Palmetto Dunes in 2014.

Other USTA SC events also will take place on Hilton Head this year, including adult and junior tournaments and more seasons of Jr. Team Tennis.

Altogether, tennis will bring thousands of people to Hilton Head to eat at restaurants, sleep at hotels and further boost the local economy.

“USTA SC has always enjoyed a close working relationship with the Hilton Head community,” said Cam Littlejohn, USTA SC board president. “The players have enjoyed the hospitality and attractions of this world-class resort community over the many years that the top-flight tennis facilities of Hilton Head have hosted our league championships and other tournaments. We look forward to many years of a continuing relationship with the players, volunteers and tennis coaches.”

Hilton Head will host the following state league championships this year: the Adult 55 and Over, 75 and Over, May 1-5; the Combo Doubles State Championships, Oct. 16-20; and the Adult 65 and over, 70 and Over, Nov. 5-10.

Palmetto Dunes, which hosted the area’s two state championships last year, will again serve as the official host site of the area’s three state league championships this year. But Jackie Reynecke, tournament director at Palmetto Dunes, said she will again receive help from the area’s other clubs and resorts.

During last year’s Combo Doubles Championship, a total of 12 clubs and resorts hosted matches.

Officials from resorts and clubs work together, Reynecke said, because they’ve seen how partnering leads to more recognition for everyone and helps the overall tennis community.

“Unless there is a conflict of dates of events,” she said, “I haven’t found a club, private or public, that didn’t want to be a part of any championship.”

Reynecke said the strong, working relationships among resort and club officials probably helped her resort land the three championship bids this year.

The area’s abundance of clay courts in close proximity helped, too, she said. Palmetto Dunes, alone, has 23 clay courts.

Of course, she said, Hilton Head’s beaches, Lowcountry rivers and glut of family activities probably don’t hurt the area’s chances, either.

Besides the state league championships, USTA SC will have plenty of other tennis activities on Hilton Head this year.

The area will host at least 20 adult and junior tournaments that have been sanctioned by USTA SC. (A complete list of USTA SC sanctioned adult tournaments can be found here; the junior tournament list can be found here.)

Kids also can look forward to more USTA Jr. Team Tennis, six-week seasons of team practice and match play for kids ages 6 to 18. Kids from all skill levels participate.

 

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