New tennis league for young professionals a success

December 2, 2015 09:21 AM

By Jonathon Braden, USTA South Carolina

Martha Farmer hadn’t played tennis in years. But after attending the 2015 US Open and seeing the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, she wanted to get back into the sport she had played occasionally 20 years ago, when she was in middle school.

Farmer, though, didn’t want anything too formal. She wanted laid-back tennis, an organized night where she could hit with other people her age and skill level.

She found just that with “Serve. Rally. Pour.”, the USTA South Carolina’s new tennis league for young professionals in the Midlands.

Farmer, fourth from the right in the first row, was one of more than 30 young professionals who enjoyed "Serve. Rally. Pour." (USTA SC photo)

The informal league, which started in September and finished last month, gave more than 30 young professionals of varying tennis skill levels the chance to meet and play tennis with other people their age.

USTA South Carolina hosted the league at a local park every Wednesday for six weeks. The play was timed – players rotated every half hour – and organized by gender and skill level.

“I had a great time playing tennis with other people my age and skill level,” Farmer said.

Many of the participants were like Farmer and wanted to get back on the court. Others were completely new to tennis. And some players were already enjoying organized tennis but jumped at the opportunity to meet and play with other young professionals.

“The league drew a range of players, which was great to see,” said USTA South Carolina community development coordinator Abby Galbreath, who ran the league.

Galbreath said she especially heard favorable comments regarding how laid-back the league was. Fellow participants, who sat on on-court benches, joked with each other and the players during changeovers.

Farmer said: “We all especially enjoyed the camaraderie.”

USTA South Carolina plans to host more “Serve. Rally. Pour.” leagues throughout the state in 2016, including another season planned for the Columbia area in the spring.

For more information about the future leagues, click here.