After she won a main-draw match at Wimbledon for the first time in July, Shelby Rogers tweeted, "Thanks for all of the support today! Nice to have some #Charleston vibes in the crowd."
Charleston's tennis vibes have never been stronger, thanks in no small part to Rogers, the Lowcountry's favorite WTA star. She grew up playing on Lowcountry courts and was a ballgirl at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island, where she now wins matches at the Volvo Car Open.
Rogers’ continued climb in the tennis world — she's ranked No. 61 in the world, is the ninth-ranked American player and played for the U.S. Fed Cup team — serves as an inspiration for the hundreds of kids learning the game in the Lowcountry, and the almost 5,000 people ages 18 and older who participate in U.S. Tennis Association leagues in the Charleston area.
The Family Circle Cup, a staple of Charleston tennis since it moved to Daniel Island from Hilton Head in 2001, underwent a name change in 2016 and is now the Volvo Car Open. Charleston was named Best Tennis Town in 2010 in a USTA competition, and there are plenty of places for enthusiasts to get their game on in the Lowcountry.
— Jeff Hartsell,
Family Circle Tennis Center
This Daniel Island fixture hosts the Volvo Car Open, and is a public facility owned by the city of Charleston. The center features green clay courts and hard courts, and hourly rates range from $10 to $15 per hour for nonmembers. (843-849-5300)
Maybank Tennis Center
The James Island facility underwent a major renovation in 2012. The city of Charleston facility has six hard courts and three clay courts. Hourly fees or annual memberships available. (843-406-8814)
Charleston Tennis Center
The city of Charleston’s site in West Ashley has 15 lighted hard courts and, along with the Maybank facility, hosts USTA, Charleston Area Ladies Tennis Association and tri-county elementary and middle school events. Group and individual lessons are available at both locations. Hourly fees or annual memberships available. (843-766-7401)
Mount Pleasant Tennis Complex
The Whipple Road complex has 12 hard courts, three clay courts, eight Quick Start courts for kids and a playground for ages 5-12. Ball-machine rentals and racquet-stringing services are available. (843-856-2162)
Arthur B. Schirmer Jr. Tennis Center
The Bees Landing Recreational Center has six lighted courts. (843-406-8814)
The Mount Pleasant club is a private membership-based facility that also features paddle tennis courts. (843-388-0898)
Among other area tennis centers that host USTA league events are I’On, Doty Park, Legend Oaks, Park West, Creekside Tennis and Swim, Collins Park, Legend Oaks, Ashborough East, Dunes West, Snee Farm, Wild Dunes, Daniel Island Club, Brickyard Plantation, Seabrook, Kiawah, Walterboro, Crowfield, St. Andrew’s, Pine Forest Country Club and others.