Farmfield loses head pro to Europe

Charleston Tennis Center won’t be the same. Fredrik Andersson has left the Farmfield Avenue facility after serving 14 years as its head pro.

Fredrik and his wife, Nadia, have returned home to Europe. They left this past week for Nadia’s native Germany where she has landed a job with a major European auto manufacturer. A Swede, Fredrik appears to have given up teaching tennis in the near term.

Charleston tennis will miss the always smiling, mild-mannered, well-liked Fredrik. He was an All-American tennis player for Lander College where he helped the Senators win the NAIA national championship.

Replacing Andersson will be difficult because of the affection Charleston Tennis Center members have for their departed pro. But in another sense, the search should be an easy one since Farmfield is one of the country’s outstanding public tennis centers.

City tennis manager Peggy Bohne and her staff run the 15-court complex like a well-oiled machine, one of the most organized tennis facilities anywhere.

Pros from across the area and state likely will jump at the chance to teach tennis at Charleston Tennis Center.

Of course, the search will take some time as the city posts the job for 10 business days, according to Charleston Recreation Department director Laurie Yarbrough, before considering the applicants.

Farmfield could be a terrific job for some lucky teaching professional. The potential for success is enormous.

Although Shelby Rogers failed to advance past the first round of the Australian Open main singles draw, the Charleston touring pro did notch a doubles victory Down Under while playing with Donna Vekic of Croatia.

Rogers and Vekic rallied from 4-1 down in the third set to defeat the French team of Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier, 4-6 6-2 6-4, in the first round. The Rogers/Vekic pair then lost to seventh seeds Caroline Garcia of France and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia, 6-3 3-6 6-3, in the second round.

The College of Charleston’s men’s and women’s teams are off to slow starts. Coach Jay Bruner’s men dropped their season opener to North Florida, and will play their first home match next Sunday at 2 p.m. against Winthrop at Patriots Point. Meanwhile, coach Angelo Anastopoulo’s women’s team, which has lost one-sided road matches to Marshall, Kentucky and Wake Forest, will play its first home match on Sunday at noon against Winthrop.

Coach Chuck Kriese’s Citadel team dropped four of its first five matches by 7-0 scores while scheduled to play 17 of its first 18 matches on the road during the first half of the season.

Charleston Tennis Center will celebrate Valentine’s a day late when it holds its annual Valentine’s mixed doubles round robin on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2-5 p.m. Contact the tennis center (766-7401) to sign up, partner or no partner.

The Tri-County Elementary/Middle School League will begin on March 9. Anyone interested in coaching one of the teams can contact Peggy Bohne (766-7401).

The City of Charleston’s Courting Kids spring tennis program will begin Feb. 28 and run six Saturdays. Sessions will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Alan Fleming courts on Johns Island and from 1-2:30 p.m. at the “brand new” six courts at Jack Adams Tennis Center adjacent to The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. Contact Charleston Tennis Center (766-7401).

A dedication ceremony for the rebuilt Jack Adams complex is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Charleston Tennis Center has replaced some of its old trees with six white crepe myrtles and four oak trees.

Reach James Beck at jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.