57th Palmetto Championships held
The 2013 Chick-fil-A of Anderson Palmetto Championships was played over the Memorial Day weekend. The earlier time was necessary due to the late date public schools in the state dismissed for the summer. Champions were crowned in singles and doubles for boy and girls in 5 age divisions.
The following were the doubles finals results:
Three sportsmanship winners were also selected:
The tournament had a special 8U event on Saturday, June 1 that included 6 boys and 5 girls. Winners, runners up and sportsmanship recipients in the 8U competition were:
Several tournament records were set:
The tournament was played in only 4 days this year. Fortunately, the weather was perfect and the tournament finished on schedule with singles finals and a few doubles finals on Tuesday, May 28. Tournament Director Rex Maynard said: "This year's Palmetto was shortened by two days and player earlier. That, combined with the fact this was our first year in quite a while without Jim Russell, presented challenges. The staff did a super job. We had 430 players and used 50 courts and 10 different sites, and with this there will be issues. We kept the problems to a minimum and handled them well every time an issue arose. We placed a special emphasis on good sportsmanship this year. Each of our officials had 4 "Great Sports Make a Sports Great" pins, and gave them to players when they saw an outstanding example of good sportsmanship. We were very pleased with the way this was accepted and the positive effect it had on players and parents. We're proud of our players and wish them the best at the Southern Closed Championships. I know they will represent South Carolina well!"
The 2013 Palmetto Championships was dedicated to the memory of Jim Russell, the long-time Tournament Referee who died suddenly last June. Russell worked with the Palmetto for almost 40 years, and was a stalwart for tennis in the City of Belton, the state South Carolina the Southern Section and the USTA. He was a former president of USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern and a member of the Board of Directors of the USTA. He was active in refereeing top junior and collegiate tournaments throughout the country. The City of Belton renamed South Holmes Street "Jim Russell Way" and the Belton Tennis Association dedicated the gazebo which is used as tournament headquarters as "Big Jim's Gazebo." A plaque sits beside the gazebo with these words: "Dedicated to the memory of Big Jim Russell in recognition of his dedication to the Palmetto Championships and his passion for and contributions to junior and collegiate tennis and his efforts to grow the game in the City of Belton the state of South Carolina, the Southern Section and the United States....May 25, 2013."
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