What could be going on in professional tennis? It's the dead season.
But not for anyone who puts on one of the top events in big-time tennis. The lull between seasons is the perfect time to enhance relationships with sponsors and players' agents.
The Family Circle Cup is a 365-day-a-year job for general manager Bob Moran. Ticket sales are already under way for the 41st version of the WTA's longest-running tournament. Tickets, including packages for the first time, can be purchased at ticketmaster.com for the March 30-April 7 event.
The familycirclecup.com Web site has been revamped to create a more user-friendly experience for online ticket purchases, such as the new daily double where patrons will receive a reduced rate when they purchase tickets for a day and night session on the same day.
The 2013 event also features an after-hours package that gives fans access to all night matches, including happy hour and live music Tuesday through Friday. The Family Circle Cup box office (800-677-2293) also is available for ticket sales along with local Publix supermarkets.
There's no word yet on whether World Team Tennis will return to Daniel Island next summer for a third time with its Finals Weekend. The timing of the WTT Finals has been in question, after an uncomfortably hot mid-summer first year event here in 2011 and this year's weather-friendly late-summer second outing.
“We haven't had conversations with the WTT (about next summer),” Moran said. “July was hard for us last year, but this year was easier for us.”
Ashley Hall senior Rossi Anastopoulo not only is an outstanding tennis player and athlete, she enjoys healthy cooking and has her own cooking website (www.abakinggirl.com) where she posts blogs and recipes twice weekly.
If playing three sports and managing a website aren't enough, Anastopoulo scored 2,390 on the SAT, with one incorrect answer on the math portion spoiling an otherwise perfect SAT. She is currently a guard and captain of the Ashley Hall basketball team.
Tuesday is the deadline for entering next weekend's fifth annual Holiday Classic tournament at Family Circle Tennis Center. Registration will run Friday through Sunday and is available by going to www.usta.com and entering the tournament ID number (704126712). Competition will be in men's and women's 2.5-4.5 doubles and mixed doubles 6.0-9.0. The tournament benefits the Hollings Cancer Center.
Palmetto Christian sophomore Corey Caulder is the SCISA Region II-AA girls player of the year.
Bishop England junior Liza Arruda captured third place in the High School League's Class A-AA state singles tournament. Teammate Kelly McManus lost the fifth-place match. Waccamaw senior Tolley Rice, who plans to play tennis at Elon, defended her High School League Class A-AA state singles title.
In Class AAA, Hilton Head High defended its state title. Mauldin won the Class AAAA title for the third straight year, blanking Dutch Fork, 6-0, in the state final.
Mauldin senior Ansley Speaks won her fourth straight Class AAA-AAAA singles state title.
Reach James Beck at email@example.com. See his columns on pro tennis at ubitennis.com/english
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