Family Circle Tennis Center is growing again.
The world-class Daniel Island complex is in the process of constructing three new courts. Two new hard courts and one clay court will boost the facility to 20 courts.
Tennis director Rob Eppelsheimer reports that the new courts are on schedule to open by Sept. 15. All three will be lighted.
The new hard courts are being added next to the other four hard courts. The addition of one clay court will give the complex 14 courts with clay surfaces.
“The kids love the hard courts ... and the members like the clay,” Eppelsheimer said.
Shelby Rogers has been a consistent winner since leaving the Family Circle complex in April after suffering a loss in the first round of the Family Circle Cup’s qualifying tournament. She’s 27-11 since that loss on Daniel Island to Grace Min. Seven of the 11 losses were three-setters. Rogers won the first set in four of the losses.
Earning wild cards into both the French Open and U.S. Open main draws was quite an achievement, not to mention the fact her championship last Sunday in the $50,000 U.S. Pro Circuit event in Lexington, Ky., lifted Rogers to a career-high No. 133 in the world rankings.
And Wednesday, Rogers earned a hefty little prize without even playing another tournament when news was released that this year’s U.S. Open will reward its first-round participants with a $32,000 payday. That’s $9,000 more than a year ago.
If Rogers happens to pull off an upset as she did in the first round of the French Open, her U.S. Open prize will zoom up to $53,000.
It all depends on the draw. Rogers received a favorable draw in the 2010 U.S. Open when she played Shuai Peng, and the Daniel Island girl pushed the Chinese player to three sets. Of course, in Paris, Rogers won her first-round match over little-known French woman Irena Pavlovic, before drawing 20th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in the second round. Rogers took the first set against Navarro, and practically could see the finish line before things blurred. Rogers still left Paris $45,500 richer.
Hugs For Harper
The second annual Hugs for Harper Tennis Championship is scheduled for Sept. 13-15 at Kiawah Island. Contact Kiawah Tennis Center to register or go to www.hugsforharper.org. For sponsorships, contact Jamie Drolet (607-0857).
The tournament will benefit MUSC’s Children’s Hospital Pediactric Cancer Research Center.
A 5.0-plus women’s adult league team from the Lowcountry Tennis Association captained by Deanna Vroman captured the Southern Sectional championship last weekend in Lexington. The local team went unbeaten in four matches, handing once-beaten Nashville a 2-1 loss in the key match.
Vroman and Tammy Zawacki pulled out a three-set win in No. 2 doubles to give the LCTA team the victory. Marissa Chapin, a 5.5-rated player, also won at singles, 6-1, 6-0, for the LCTA entry.
Reach James Beck at email@example.com. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english.