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USTA SC continues support for 75 and older group

May 1, 2014 11:58 AM

All nine states in the USTA Southern Section offer local leagues and state championships for a range of players.

But only one USTA state district in the section hosts leagues and championships for its 75 and older players: USTA South Carolina.

USTA SC offers the championships to keep its longtime players in the game and to help them stay active. The playing opportunities also let USTA SC continue to serve a generation of tennis players who have helped grow tennis for decades.

“They’ve given a lot over the years to tennis,” said Bonnie Sue Duncan, the state coordinator for the 75 and over leagues and state championships. “We can’t forget the people who have been in it for the long haul.”

The players in their 70s and 80s have spent countless nights and weekends playing USTA league tennis and USTA-sanctioned tournaments. The players also have helped grow tennis in their neighborhoods by volunteering for local committees or through helping boys and girls experience the game as well.

“It’s just special,” Duncan said. “They’re so proud of what they can give to the game.”

Even more impressive is how well the septuagenarians and octogenarians can still play.

At the USTA SC Adult 75 and Over State League Championships going on today through Saturday on Hilton Head Island, there is a 3.0 men’s division, a 3.5 men’s division and a 3.5 women’s division. (Beginning tennis players typically are rated a 2.0 or a 2.5 in the National Tennis Rating Program, which the USTA uses to host competitive leagues and tournaments.)