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home : sports : tennis October 20, 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

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

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

USTA championships expected to bring 1,500 tennis players here
Nearly 1,500 tennis players will come to Florence next weekend for the USTA South Carolina Mixed Doubles State League Championships. The players will enjoy co-ed doubles tennis and get to experience the City of Florence’s many restaurants and hotels. “We’re just looking forward to having all the people in Florence, showing them what Florence has to offer,” said Ed Sprenger, local league coordinator of the Florence Tennis Association. “(The mixed championship) just fits really, really well for our community.” This is the third consecutive year a USTA mixed state league championship has been in Florence.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Galloway Mosley
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