Kid-sized tennis is on the way to the Midlands

Special to The StateJune 18, 2014 

For kids 10 and younger, a special Midlands 10 and Under Tennis Circuit will start later this month. A circuit is a series of tournaments hosted in an area.

BART BALDWIN

As temperatures pick up across South Carolina, there are activities for all tennis players, from children to experienced veterans.

For kids 10 and younger, a Midlands 10 and Under Tennis Circuit will start this month.

At the tournaments, kids will play on smaller courts and use lower-bouncing balls to ensure the kids enjoy themselves the first time they hold a racquet.

The summer circuit starts June 21 at The Club at Rawls Creek, continues July 26 at The Members Club at Woodcreek & Wildewood and concludes Aug. 16 at Topspin Racquet & Swim Club.

To learn more and register, go to sctennis.com/midlands.

Coaches workshop Novices and veterans can check out the USTA South Carolina Coaches Workshop. It will take place on July 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.

Instructors include Jorge Capestany of tennisdrills.tv and Brian Parkkonen, director of development at the Professional Tennis Registry.

The workshop, which costs $15, also will feature sessions for high school coaches. To see the workshop agenda and to register, go to sctennis.com/coaches.

Championships At the USTA SC 40 and Over State League Championships in Aiken, the following area teams finished as finalists:

Tim Herbkersman and his 3.0 men’s team from the Columbia Tennis League; Mike Mantai and his 4.0 men’s team from Columbia; Larry Guster and his 3.5 men’s team from the Lexington Area Tennis Association; Angela Murray and her 4.0 women’s team from Lexington; and Harriett Reid and her 4.5 women’s team from Lexington.

Area teams that took home 40 and Over State League Championships plaques were Carol Wiggins and her 3.5 women’s team from Lexington, and Susie Wolfson and her 4.0 women’s team from Columbia. Both teams advance to USTA Southern Sectional Championships in August.

During the 18 and Over State League Championships, two Columbia teams finished as finalists: Russell Price and his 4.0 men’s team, and Don Godish and his 3.0 men’s team.

Megan Field and her 4.5 women’s team from Columbia earned an 18 and Over State League Championship.

Jonathon Braden works for USTA South Carolina.

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