Are you in the mood for fast-paced and exciting World Team Tennis already? Well, you donít have to wait until the Sept. 14-16 WTT Finals Weekend at Family Circle Tennis Center.
Charlestonís innovative World Team Tennis eight-tournament summer circuit actually kicks off in less than two weeks. So, you donít have much time to waste in forming a team.
The good news is that teams can be as small as two men and two women, with a maximum of 10 players per team.
The first tournament is set for June 9-10 at Family Circle Tennis Center and the Daniel Island Club. The remainder of the schedule is: June 23-24, Pine Forest Country Club; July 14-15, Legend Oaks; July 21-22, Mount Pleasantís Whipple Road Complex; Aug. 11-12, LTP Tennis; Aug. 18-19, Park West Tennis Center; Aug. 25-26, Snee Farm; and Sept. 8-9, Seabrook Island.
Tournament participation is open to all 18-and-over players. A teamís rating is determined by averaging the NTRP ratings for the teamís top two men and top two women. Free membership with WTT is required to sign up for any of the tournaments by registering at www.wtt.com.
In the midst of all of the league tennis-like action using the popular WTT format, the second annual WTT Lowcountry Launch Party will be held July 13 at Family Circle Tennis Center. For this one-night event that caught the fancy of so many local tennis fans last summer, eight teams led by their club pros will represent the eight teams that make up the official World Team Tennis organization.
Due to this being an Olympic year, the WTT season will not have its normal July ending. Itís actually a good thing for the Finals Weekend to move to the weekend after the U.S. Openís conclusion in that it gives the WTT and Family Circle Tennis Center nearly two months longer than in 2011 to promote the four-team Finals Weekend.
Local fans will be able to make ticket decisions knowing what teams and players will be participating here, while fans from the final four teams will have time to plan more leisurely than last-minute trips to Charleston this time. Thatís quite a bit different from a year ago when some teams qualified for the playoffs and hopped on an airline the next day to participate that night in the WTT Finals.
Adam Elliget has had an outstanding doubles career in Southern junior tennis. With a recent win in boys 16 in Mobile, Ala., the Pinewood Prep star has captured five Southern doubles titles with five different partners and in four different age groups.
University of Virginia signee Harrison Richmond of Waccamaw defeated Bishop England senior Steven Weaver in the final of the High School Leagueís Class A-AA state singles tournament last weekend in Lexington. Richmond completed his high school career unbeaten, including a fifth state team championship and a second straight year as an All-American.
In the Class AAA-AAAA state singles tournament, Berkeleyís Zac Dye saw his unbeaten record blemished in the first round by Spartanburgís Spencer Brown before bouncing back to win six straight matches, including an 8-3 win over Brown in the consolation final.
The 3.0 senior womenís team from Seabrook Island and Glenn Cobbís 4.0 senior men from Collins Park captured state league tennis titles last weekend.
The renovation of Maybank Tennis Center is expected to start within the next two weeks and to last three or four months. Clay-court members of the facility will be able to play at Kiawah Island during that time.
Anderson Scarpa is preparing for the next step of his tennis career after playing No. 1 for the prestigious Baylor School in Chattanooga the last three years. Scarpa is headed to Mercer University on a tennis scholarship.
Bob Peifferís Big Senior Bash to raise funds for tennis in the schools has been switched to the fall from June 10 at Charleston Tennis Center.
Reach James Beck at email@example.com. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.