Alan Fleming Tournament
Alan Fleming Sr. Open Clay Court State Championship Tournament
October 1-5, 2014
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The 31st Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay Court State Championships are set to be held October 1st -5th at the Seabrook Island Racquet Club. This year we are proud to announce another milestone for the Fleming Championships. Our Mixed Doubles 40’s, 50’s and 60’s events will be played as a Category 1 National Championship Gold Ball Event (1000point level). All other events offered will remain unchanged for 2014. This South Carolina Level 1 State Championship event and southern level 200 point tournament was recently named “South Carolina Adult Tournament of the year. The tournament offers over 44 events including singles, doubles and mixed doubles for men and women ages 35 to 80.
The event was originally established in 1981 under the leadership of Seabrook resident Alan Fleming, a resident of Seabrook Island along with his wife Sally. Before moving to Seabrook, Alan had been a nationally ranked tennis player whose resume included matches played at Forest Hills, the precursor to the US Open. Alan was a NJ State champion and a National Father-Son champion with son Peter. Alan was often ranked #1 in his age group in both New Jersey and South Carolina.
The tournament, originally called the Seabrook Island Senior Tennis Tournament, ran continuously until Hurricane Hugo forced a two year hiatus in 1989. After Alan’s death in 1997, the tournament was renamed in his honor. His son, Peter, went on to become a tennis professional and in the early 80’s was the Seabrook Island Club’s touring pro. But, it was with his doubles partner, John McEnroe, that Peter made tennis history. Together, Peter Fleming and John McEnroe won over 50 doubles titles including four at Wimbledon and three at the U.S. Open.
Bridges (Formaly Hospice of Charleston)
For the past 11 years, the tournament has raised money for the Hospice of Charleston Foundation, a non-profit organization that makes compassionate end of life care possible by assisting families who turn to Hospice for help. Last year, $53,000 was presented to the HOC at the buffet dinner, bringing the total gift over past years to over $350,00.
Over the years, participation in the tournament has grown to over 250 players from all over the Southeast and beyond. In 2007, the tournament received its current designation as a South Carolina Level 1 State Championship event and a Southern section 200 point tournament - one of only four events at this prestigious level in a nine state region. This year’s national championship level 1 “Gold Ball” mixed event will bring a new level of completion and national exposure to the Seabrook Island Racquet Club.