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Southern Team Tennis Event/Program of the Year Award Winner

December 18, 2002 04:08 PM

Southern Combo Doubles NC State Championships
Wilson, NC

When supporting sponsor Prince designated the Southern Combo Doubles NC State Championships as one of the 12 events nationwide it would send tennis legend Stan Smith to hold a doubles exhibition and clinic it practically assured the event’s success. While Stan Smith’s presence certainly helped, this event had all the makings of a premier team tennis event even before Prince’s announcement. Over 1,100 combo doubles players from the 5.5 – 9.5 divisions came to the event. All of the Wilson community took part, making this truly a collaborative effort between the Wilson Tennis Foundation, the town of Wilson, its Parks and Recreation Department, Barton College, the Wilson Country Club and the North Carolina Tennis Association (NCTA). This was the second straight year the event was held in Wilson and plans for the 2002 event started immediately after the 2001 event concluded. While not much need to be improved, a few things were added and changed. New signs were placed at each site to guide players to the proper locations and a tent was added to increase the size of the facility where the Players Party was held. Door prizes, provided by the NCTA and the Wilson Tennis Foundation, were given out at the captains meeting and the players’ party. To help offset the cost of the event the Wilson Tennis Foundation raised over $10,000 in local sponsorship dollars. Over 75 volunteers came out to lend a hand, mostly as site coordinators and runners. Of course the highlight of the weekend was the Friday night festivities with Stan Smith. Players and spectators alike went to the Wilson Country Club to hear the legendary player give advice and tennis tips. Smith also played some great exhibition matches with local pros. Wilson Mayor Bruce Foster even presented the key to the city to the Tennis Hall of Famer.

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