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Competition Training Centers to be held for state's top juniors

PlayDev_1cKO_VThe USTA South Carolina’s Player Development Competition Training Center (CTC) program will be held in the Fall of 2010. The program takes the top junior players and brings them together with the top teaching professionals in the state for an intense series of training sessions.

CTC invitations will be made based on the S.C. standings on July 31, 2010. The top ten girls and boys from the 10s & 12s divisions will be invited. The tentative dates and locations for the sessions are August 29 (Lexington County Tennis Complex), September 12 (Topspin Swim and Racquet Club), October 10 (Palmetto Tennis Center), and November 20-21 (Kiawah Island).
Hunter Harrington, 2010 Easter Bowl semi-finalist, took part in the CTC program and is currently training at the USTA High Performance Training Center in Boca Raton, Florida.

"The CTC program provides a few days of great matches and great coaching from the best players and coaches in the state. The program really helped me develop when I was younger," Harrington said.

This series is designed to prepare enrollees to compete more effectively at the Southern and National levels.
"I would have to say that the program was very beneficial for me. It’s great to be able to hit with the best players in South Carolina with instructions from the best coaches in South Carolina," Hayley Carter, 2009 USTA G14 National Champion, said.

The CTC program is also a source of exposure for the players to the USTA Player Development staff, currently headed by Patrick McEnroe. The staff selects candidates for the regional (Atlanta) and national (Boca Raton) elite player training centers.

An integral part of the USTA’s national Player Development Program for over twenty years, these intense state-run training sessions give the top ranked players the chance to supplement the coaching and training they are receiving in their own communities with the latest information and tips on stroke mechanics, nutrition, the psychology of competition, singles and doubles strategy, point development on clay, fitness, injury prevention, and the ideal coach-player-parent relationship from experts in the coaching field. This year’s program will focus on Mental Toughness Training.

"The CTC program helped develop me both mentally and physically into the player I am today," Wesley Moran, member of the Clemson University Men’s Tennis Team and former Wachovia Palmetto Champion, said.
The CTC program has played an important role in developing some of the top junior and collegiate tennis players in the nation.
"I loved being with my friends and getting such a great variety of competition. It was a chance for players around the state to get together and really work together," Mallory Cecil, 2009 NCAA Singles National Champion and U.S. Open qualifier, said. "The CTC is an awesome program that really gives the kids a little break up with their normal, every day practice routines."

For additional information on this program, please contact Jessica Amick, Junior Competition Coordinator at or Mark Smith, CTC Coordinator, at