Belton Tennis Announces 2021 Tournament Schedule

Belton Tennis Sets 2021 Tournament Schedule

The Belton Tennis Association will host six major tournaments during the 2021 year.

  • Belton Tennis Championships April 10
  • Palmetto Championships presented by Chick-fil-A of Anderson May 29-31
  • Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) July 15-16
  • Chick-fil-A of Anderson Hall of Fame Classic September 25-26
  • South Carolina Men’s Collegiate Championships October 1-3
  • Southern Conference Men’s & Women’s Fall Tennis Championships November 5-7

The Belton Tennis Championships is a new event for lower ranked players.  This one day event will determine singles and doubles champions in 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U.

The Palmetto Championships is the South Carolina junior qualifying tournament and has been played in Belton since 1957.  Players who do well in the Palmetto advance on to the Southern and National championships. The tournament attracts 475 of the state’s top junior players.  Championships are determined for both boys and girls in 5 different age divisions (10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U).  The Palmetto has been recognized twice with the 9-state USTA Southern Jim Russell Junior Tournament of the Year Award.  More information on the 2021 Palmetto may be accessed at www.beltontennis.com.

Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) features special athletes playing with unified partners in team competition and will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary this year.  The tournament is sponsored by the USTA Southern Adaptive Committee and was started in 2010.  Over 50 special athletes are expected to participate in the 2-day event.  Players come from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.  SPUD was recognized by the 9-state USTA Southern Section as the 2019 Special Event of the Year.

The Chick-fil-A Hall of Fame Classic began in 1987 and features 8 of the state’s top high school girls teams.  Players compete as individuals in their respective flights (1 through 5 singles and 1 & 2 doubles) and wins earn points for their team.  J. L. Mann is the defending team champion.  The Hall of Fame Classic has been recognized as the 9-state USTA Southern Team Event of he Year.

The South Carolina Men’s Collegiate Championships began in 2014 and is played in memory of long time local tennis volunteer and official Jim Russell.  Varsity players from state colleges play to determine South Carolina singles and doubles champions.  Teams expected to send players include Clemson, South Carolina, Wofford, Furman, The Citadel, PC, North Greenville, Anderson University, Coker, Limestone and Newberry.

The first Souhern Conference Fall Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships were scheduled for November, 2020, but were cancelled due to Covid.  This tournament will feature players from eight Southern Conference schools competing for championships in singles and doubles.

Matches will be played at the Belton Tennis Center, Leda Poore Park and Belton-Honea Path High School.  All events are open to the public at no charge.

The Belton Tennis Association operates the 5-court Belton Tennis Center and offers facilities, programs lesson and clinics throughout the year.  The courts are available for public use at no charge both day and night.

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