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home : sports : tennis December 17, 2014 

Paul Pittman to be honored by USTA
Paul Pittman has accrued a long list of tennis accomplishments during the past 20 years. He has helped lead tennis programs for at-risk youth in Florence that have introduced the lifetime sport to dozens of youngsters. He also has secured thousands of dollars of funding for tennis programs in and around Florence. But Pittman will be honored next month by USTA South Carolina not for what he’s done throughout his career, but for how he’s continued to grow tennis during the past year despite personal health problems. Pittman, 70, has been named the 2014 USTA South Carolina recipient of the USTA Southern State Volunteer Service Award. He will receive the award at the USTA South Carolina Annual Meeting on Dec. 6 on Isle of Palms.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Dr. Eddie Floyd Tennis Center, Ed Sprenger honored by USTA
Another year has brought more honors to the Florence tennis community. USTA South Carolina has named the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center its 2014 Member Facility of the Year. And, Ed Sprenger, a longtime Florence tennis advocate, will receive the Community Service Award. The facility award goes to facility leaders who have supported USTA South Carolina through USTA programs, tournaments, leagues and volunteer work. The service award goes to a person who has devoted significant time to promoting a tennis program that benefits the community and USTA South Carolina. Sprenger said he is very humbled to receive the award. 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Last year's winner joins McLeod Open field
The McLeod for Health Florence Open has added another exceptional player to its already strong field. Tournament organizers learned Sunday that last year’s singles winner Anna Tatashvili, currently ranked 97 in the world, will enter the Open as a wild card. As a pro, Tatashvili has won 10 other singles titles and 7 doubles titles. Her best Grand Slam showing came in 2012 when she reached the fourth round of the US Open before being defeated by top seed Victoria Azarenka. The 24 year old Tatashvili, who has been ranked as high as No. 50 in the world in singles, won last year’s Florence Open title by defeating Madison Brengle in a tough three setter. Tatashvili, a native of Tbilsi, Georgia, came to the US at the age of seven and has trained at the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton since she was thirteen. 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Local tennis teams take state titles
Mixed Emotions, representing the Pee Dee Tennis League, remained unbeaten in the Adult Mixed Doubles USTA SC State League Championships to win the mixed 10.0 State Championship title. The tournament was held in Florence Sept. 12-15. Mixed Emotions with captain Laszlo Leiter won all four matches in their division, playing at the Country Club of South Carolina. Three other teams in the Pee Dee Tennis League also brought home state titles in their division. Melinda Hodges’ team won the mixed 2.5 level state championship and Richard Storr’s team won the level 7.0 state title.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014









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