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Pittman to be inducted into S.C. Tennis Hall of Fame

on Tuesday, 11 August 2020. Posted in Good life, News, Local News, Sports

Pittman to be inducted into S.C. Tennis Hall of Fame
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The South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation and USTA South Carolina recently announced that Paul Pittman of Florence and Arthur Anastopoulo of Pensacola Beach, Fla., will be the 2020 inductees into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame.

Pittman is a long-time volunteer who served as state president and has been instrumental in the development of the Florence Community Tennis Association and its many programs for youth and adults. Anastopoulo was one of the state’s best junior and college players during the 1970’s and has positively influenced many tennis players over the past 35 years as a teaching professional.

The inductees’ achievements would normally be celebrated at the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame Banquet, which was originally scheduled for early November. That event has been cancelled this year. Anastopoulo and Pittman will be considered 2020 inductees, but not formally inducted until 2021.

Pittman is one of Florence’s, South Carolina’s and the Southern Section’s top volunteers and administrators who has made significant contributions to the game at the local, state, sectional and national levels. He played USTA Adult League tennis for 20 years and served as a team captain for 15 years. Paul played on teams that won state and sectional titles in Men’s, Senior Men’s and Mixed Doubles. He was a USTA Certified Official from 2009 to 2015.

Pittman is a strong supporter of grass roots tennis at the local level. He spearheaded the revitalization of the Florence Tennis Association in the 1990’s and served in numerous leadership positions, including President. He planned, organized and managed numerous programs, including those for beginner adults, underserved youth and Hispanic youth. He has written over 30 successful grant applications that produced over $100,000 for local tennis and has coordinated FTA participation in community events. Paul represented FTA on the Florence Mayor’s Coalition to Prevent Juvenile Crime and as chair of the Florence Area Sports Council. He was a key contributor to a community-wide effort to create and build the 30-court Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center in 2011. Under his leadership and guidance the Florence Tennis Association has been named the USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern Community Tennis Association of the Year, and in 2007 the FTA was named the National CTA of the Year.

He has served on a number of USTA national committees, including Community Tennis Association, Public Affairs and Advocacy, Learning & Leadership Development, Nominating and NJTL.

Pittman has been recognized with a number of state awards including the President’s Award, Lucy Garvin Volunteer of the Year and Southern State Volunteer of the Year. He has also received USTA Southern’s highest honors including the President’s Award, Charles Morris Volunteer Service Award and the Jacobs Bowl.

As a junior player, Anastopoulo won the City of Charleston singles and doubles championships in every junior age division, and by 15 years of age won the City of Charleston Adult Championship. After receiving over 100 tennis scholarship offers from colleges across the country, Anastopoulo chose the University of South Carolina where he became one of the school’s most accomplished players. Arthur earned NCAA Division I All American in doubles along with Chris Mayotte by reaching the NCAA quarterfinals. As a senior he was named the South Region Collegiate Player of the Year in singles and qualified for the NCAA. He played in three NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships, and was ranked as high as number six in singles and number two in doubles in NCAA division I tennis. While in college he played many USTA tournaments and was ranked number one in the nation in the 21-and-under division.

Anastopoulo lettered all four years at Carolina.

Anastopoulo turned professional in June, 1980 playing as an ATP professional. As the number one player representing Greece and participating on their Davis Cup team, Arthur competed in the US Open, French Open, and Italian Open. While a touring tennis professional Anastopoulo won eight professional titles and was world ranked in singles and doubles.

Returning to South Carolina in 1984 he became the Head Pro for the City of Charleston. In this position for 14 years, he coached a number of the state’s top ranked junior players, thousands of inner-city youth, wheelchair, and mentally challenged players.

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