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Allsbrook and Weiland named to South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame

September 13, 2013 10:40 AM
The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation and USTA South Carolina are proud to announce that Bob Allsbrook and Jeanette Weiland are the two newest inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. These individuals who have dedicated their lives to tennis in the state, will be honored at the USTA South Carolina Annual Meeting and have their portraits hung at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in Belton, S.C.

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_MG_3718Bob Allsbrook, of Spartanburg, has established himself as a superb player, teaching professional and coach. In South Carolina, Allsbrook has made a name for himself as one of the state’s top players, teaching professionals and an as accomplished high school tennis coach.

As a player, Allsbrook played number-one in both singles and doubles at Appalachian State University, where he lettered all four years in tennis. Allsbrook was the Southern Conference Champion in 1981. After graduating from Appalachian State, he became head tennis professional and served as a coach for top 50 ATP player Lawson Duncan.

He went on to play several years on the professional tour, becoming world ranked on the ATP World Tour in both singles and doubles. After teaching and coaching, he won two National 30s Grass Court titles. As a result Bob was ranked No. 2 nationally in the 30 & over in singles and doubles

He represented South Carolina on the USTA SC Senior Cup team for numerous years as well as competed on the USTA Southern team for the USTA National Intersectional competition. He also was selected on the national USTA 40 & Over Trabert Cup team. They competed internationally in the World Team Championships where the U.S. Team finished No. 2 in the world.

From 1987 to present, Bob has been the Director of Tennis at the Spartanburg Day School. During his time at Spartanburg Day School, Allsbrook has coached the varsity boys’ & girls’ tennis teams to 12 CAA Conference Championships, nine NCISAA State Championships and three SCISA State Championships.

He was a coach for numerous teams including the Zonals junior competition, the USTA South Carolina Junior Federation Cup Team, the SC Jr. Wightman Cup team. He also coached two NCAA finalists and one NCAA champion throughout his coaching career.

He was active with the USTA South Carolina as a pro and administrator. He served as the Head Pro for the USTA South Carolina Upstate Area Training Center. He also was President of the S.C. Professional Tennis Association for two years. During this time he represented the association on the USTA South Carolina Board of Directors. He also acted as tournament director for the SC State Closed Junior Championship for two years. For his work with USTA South Carolina he was awarded the South Carolina Pro of the Year, the South Carolina Junior Tournament of the Year and the Southern Junior Tournament of the Year.

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_MG_3717Jeanette Weiland, of Charleston, began playing tennis at the late age of 36 but has more than made up for her late start. As a winner of 21 gold, silver and bronze balls at national tournaments after the age of 65, Weiland truly personifies the idea that tennis is the sport of a lifetime.

Weiland played her first national tournament in 1996 and wasted no time in establishing herself as premiere player in her age division. In the most accomplished year of her tennis career, Weiland won every singles, doubles and mixed doubles event she entered in South Carolina. She did the same for all but one event at the Southern level. Weiland was a finalist in the National Grass Court Championships at Germantown Cricket Club.

That same year, Weiland went undefeated in both singles and doubles as a member of the South Carolina Senior Cup team. She captained a mixed doubles team that won a state championship, as well as played on a 4.5 adult team that also won a state championship. She completed her astounding run in 1996 with the No. 1 ranking in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles in South Carolina and Southern rankings, as well as being ranked the No. 2 in her singles age division nationally.

Weiland’s extensive success on the national level, led her to being ranked in the top 10 nationally from 1996 through 2007 in singles or doubles. She represented the United States as a member of the Kitty Godfree Cup team in Melbourne, Australia, where the U.S. team was seeded #1. There she won two out of the three doubles matches before being defeated in the finals by two former Wimbledon players. She has also represented South Carolina at the national level by playing on 12 intersectional teams, including six after the age of 75.

Weiland has been a true standout in South Carolina with her participation in the Senior Cup Championships and USTA Southern’s annual tournament to determine the best adult and senior players in the Southern Section. Weiland has participated on 13 Senior Cup teams since 1989, helping South Carolina take home numerous Mildred Southern Cups and Gil Stacy Cups.

"As a team member in long standing, she sets the standard for what it means to be a team player," says South Carolina Senior Cup Captain Cindy Babb.

Now 82, Weiland remains an active tennis player, participating at the 4.0 level against women often 40 years her junior. She once again represented South Carolina as a member of the 2013 Senior Cup team.

 

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