Tennis

State Combo tennis tournament will keep Hilton Head Island busy this weekend

ccox@islandpacket.comOctober 17, 2013 

Cincinnati Tennis

Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, returns a volley to Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, during a match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

TOM UHLMAN — File -- The Associated Press

Jackie Reynecke isn't in any mood to share.

The tournament director at Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center has spent the last several days preparing for this weekend's USTA State Combo Tournament Championships, which will call Hilton Head Island home beginning Thursday morning.

As USTA's largest state championship in South Carolina, it will bring an estimated 2,300 tennis enthusiasts to the Lowcountry for the weekend tournament. And it is Reynecke's hope that it will be an annual event for both the island and Palmetto Dunes.

"We have put in a bid to try to keep it for three more years," she said. "None of that is settled yet or anything like that, but we'd love to keep it and certainly look forward to trying to secure a future with this particular championship."

The combo tournament had called Daniel Island home for the last several years before Palmetto Dunes successfully won a bid to claim the latest edition of the tournament. And with the sheer number of players it will bring as a result, Palmetto Dunes is aiming to keep it for the forseeable future.

Approximately 249 teams will duke it out over 12 total sites, including Palmetto Dunes, Moss Creek, Port Royal, South Beach and Sea Pines Country Club, among others. Play begins at 8 a.m. Thursday with the Over 55 division, continues Friday with the Over 40 group and resumes Saturday when the Adult/Over 18 teams begin.

All championship matches will be held at Palmetto Dunes, culminating with the Adult/Over 18 title rounds Monday. Breaking up when divisions begin and end was due in large part to the massive number of entrants.

"It's historically the largest USTA South Carolina state championship of any league play," Reynecke said. "Combo is just that huge, it's just that popular."

USTA State Combo Tournament Championships

What: USTA's largest state championship in South Carolina, the tournament will bring 249 teams and an estimated 2,300 players to the Lowcountry.

Where: Matches will be played at 12 different sites, including Moss Creek, Port Royal, South Beach and Sea Pines Country Club. Championship rounds will be played at Palmetto Dunes.

When: Matches begin at 8 a.m., Thursday through Monday

Admission: Free

The Island Packet is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service