Alan Fleming Tournament
ALAN FLEMING SR. OPEN CLAY COURT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
*RESCHEDULED for November 9-13, 2016
To register or get more information on this year's tournament, please visit the USTA website.
The 33rd Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay Court State Championships are set to be held October 5th - 9th at the Seabrook Island Racquet Club. In 2015, our 70’s Mixed Doubles joined our 40’s, 50’s and 60’s Mixed events that are now played as a Category 1 National Championship Gold Ball Event (1000 point level). 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.
Respite Care of Charleston
The 2016 charitable beneficiary will be Respite Care of Charleston, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Respite Care provides social day programs, early stage Alzheimer’s disease support groups and caregiver support groups for individuals and families affected by memory disorders. These services are offered at several Charleston locations including John’s Island, James Island and West Ashley. The money donated will come from the generosity of the Seabrook Island community, fundraising held in conjunction with the tournament, and any sponsorship money remaining after tournament expenses.Last year more than $40,000 was raised to support this effort.
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. Last year’s national championship level 1 “Gold Ball” mixed event brought a new level of completion and national exposure to the Seabrook Island Racquet Club.