Wexford head tennis professional Mike Pollard was recently named Professional Tennis Registry Member of the Year for South Carolina. This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. Pollard coaches more than 25 adult USTA teams annually, as well as both men’s and women’s interclub teams. He also coaches multiple adult players who compete in both the singles and doubles Ultimate Tennis Leagues, as well as multiple Junior Tennis teams during the year.
Hilton Head Tennis
U.S. Tennis Association South Carolina and the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation recently announced that Judy Levering, formerly of Hilton Head Island, and Renata Marcinkowska of Myrtle Beach will be the newest inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Both recipients have dedicated countless hours to growing the sport of tennis in South Carolina and throughout the world.
Hilton Head Preparatory School recently won the SCISA Class 2-A tennis title, making it the fith consecutive time the program has won the state title. The Dolphins defeated Trinity-Byrnes in the championship match 5-2 in Sumter.
Tennis coaches, players and volunteers from all over the state will be honored for their tennis achievements later this year by USTA South Carolina. In all, 24 people and organizations will receive USTA South Carolina awards at the organization’s annual meeting on Isle of Palms in December. Locally, Hilton Head Island’s Ann Hunt is the Adult Female Player of the Year and the Wexford Tennis Club is the Member Faculty of the Year.
Public Tennis Inc. recently announced the creation of a program to award grants to junior tennis players. The grants will hlep competitive juniors who are aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings by assisting with their travel, training and/or the equipment expenses associated with junior tournament events.
How does a relatively small community like Haig Point consistently produce a string of wins? For the seventh year in a row, Haig Point has sent at least one team to the South Carolina State Championship. The men’s 55-and-over teams have represented Hilton Head at the state tournament for each of the last three years. This year, the women’s 3.5 55-and-over team, finished in the top four.
TENNIS PROVED A PLATFORM FOR PROMOTING EQUALITY FOR BILLIE JEAN KING
Billie Jean King made a sentimental journey to Hilton Head Island recently for recognition from PTR, the Professional Tennis Registry.
The international organization of tennis coaches and pros founded by Hilton Head's Dennis Van der Meer honored her with induction into its Hall of Fame at its banquet Feb. 17 at the Sonesta Resort.
At a recent speaking engagement in Canada, Dan Santorum passed along a bit of advice that might come as a surprise given his lengthy list of accolades.
“Never apply for an award,” Santorum told the crowd, “because you’ll never be disappointed, and if you do get an award it will be a pleasant surprise.”
“Three all,” booms the man’s voice, still as loud and clear as it was years ago when he presided over the biggest tennis matches of the day.
Norm Chryst is not chairing this contest, however; he is serving in the match tiebreaker.
Wearing his hat backwards, a black polo and Rogers Cup shorts, Chryst tosses the ball, rocks back and leaps forward to strike a flat first serve.