Tennis

The Florence Junior Open was completed Feb. 19-21 at the Florence Country Club in Florence. This Level 3 sanctioned event had 71 players including 11 local juniors.

Their results were:

— Boy’s 10 Singles: Beckham Kiskunas won his first match 4-0, 4-0 over a Florence player and then lost 4-1, 4-0 to the No. 1 seed from Camden. In the playoffs, Kiskunas lost 4-0, 4-0 to a player from Florence. Addison Gordon lost in the first round 4-1, 4-2 to a Florence player. In the consolation, Gordon won 4-0, 4-0 over a player from Florence and then won 4-0, 4-0 over a Camden player. Advancing to the finals he won 5-4 (7-5), 4-1 over a player from Raleigh to claim the title.

— Boy’s 14 Singles: James Angwin won 6-4, 6-1 over a Florence player and then advanced through the quarterfinals when his opponent withdrew due to injury. In the semifinals, Angwin lost 6-0, 6-0 to a Florence player and then entered the playoffs where he withdrew from the tournament. Elliott Finger lost in the first round 6-3, 3-6, (10-8) to a Florence player. In the consolation, Finger defeated Zander Kiskunas 6-0, 6-1 and then won 6-1, 6-1 over a Sumter player to reach the finals where he lost 6-2, 6-1 to the No. 1 seed from Sullivans Island. Zander Kiskunas lost his first match 6-0, 6-0 to a Florence player. In the consolation, Kiskunas lost to Elliott Finger. 

— Boy’s 16 Singles: Joshua Wallen won 6-4, 6-0 over a Florence player and then lost 6-0, 6-4 to the No. 1 seed from Florence. In the playoffs, Wallen won 6-0, 6-0 over a player from Dillon.

— Boy’s 18 Singles: No. 2 seed Isaac Giddens lost 4-6, 6-4, (10-4) to a player from Hopkins. In the consolation, Giddens lost 6-2, 6-4 to a player from Chapin.

— Girl’s 10 Singles: No. 2 seed Olivia Bull won 4-0, 5-3 over a Camden player and then lost 4-2, 5-3 to another Camden player. In the playoffs, Bull won 4-0, 4-1 over Anna Roof. In the main draw, Roof won 4-0, 4-0 over a Florence player and then won 4-0, 4-2 over a Columbia player. But then she lost 4-0, 4-0 to the No. 1 seed from Cary, N.C., and then lost to Bull in the playoffs. Elizabeth Raynor lost her first match 4-0, 4-0 to the No. 1 seed from Cary. In the consolation, Raynor lost 4-1, 4-2 to a Columbia player.   

—Girl’s 12 Singles: Caroline Brothers lost 6-0, 6-0 in the first round to a Blythewood player. In the consolation, Brothers lost 6-3, 6-3 to a Columbia player.    

Carleston Junior

The RKO Total Graphics Junior Winter Championship was completed Feb.19-21 at The Citadel College in Charleston. This Level 3 sanctioned event had 111 players including four local juniors.

Their results were:

— Boy’s 16 Singles: No. 3 seed Noah Johnson lost his first match 6-0, 6-0 to a player from Mount Pleasant. In the consolation, Johnson lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) to a player from Daniel Island.  

— Boy’s 16 Doubles: Noah Johnson and his Daniel Island partner lost all three of their matches with scores of 8-6, 9-7 and 8-2 in the round-robin event.   

— Girl’s 12 Singles: Elena Hartley won her first match 6-0, 6-0 over the No. 2 seed from Mount Pleasant and then won 6-0, 6-1 over a Bluffton player. Advancing to the finals, Hartley won 6-3, 6-2 over Mia Cabildo to capture the championship. Mia Cabildo won her first round 6-3, 6-0 over a Charleston player and then upset the No. 1 seed from Daniel Island 6-3, 3-6, (11-9). Next, she won 6-2, 6-2 over a player from Johns Island to reach the finals where she lost to Hartley.

— Girl’s 12 Doubles: Mia Cabildo/Elena Hartley won the finals 8-3 over a team from Charleston/Johns Island.   

— Girls 16 Singles: Hitomi Kobayashi lost her first match 6-0, 6-0 to a player from Charlotte. In the consolation, Kobayashi lost 6-0, 6-0 to the No. 2 seed from Daniel Island.  

Prestwick news

The Prestwick Tennis Club will have a 4.0+ Member/Guest round-robin social this Sunday, Feb. 28 from 3-5 p.m. for men and women. Light snacks will be provided and you may BYOB.

Please RSVP by 6 p.m. Friday. A drawing will be pulled for a lucky guest to win a six month membership.  

For more information, check out their website www.prestwicktennisclub.com or call the new Prestwick Tennis Club number 843-831-0117.

Upcoming local tournaments 

MBTC Challenger

The City of Myrtle Beach Junior Challenger will be held March 4-6 at the City of Myrtle Beach Tennis Center. This Level 4 sanctioned event offers singles and doubles for all juniors up to 18 years old. Entry fee is $38.13 for first event and $8 for second event for juniors 12 to 18 years old and $8 for additional event. Boys and girls 10 and under are $28 for first event and $8 for second event. Deadline is Feb. 29.

For more information, check out their Tournament ID: 700040616 or call 843-918-2440.

Litchfield’s McKissick

The A. Foster McKissick Tennis Tournament will be held March 10-13 at the Litchfield Racquet Club in Pawleys Island. This Level 2 sanctioned tournament will offer singles, doubles and mixed events. Entry fee is $43.50 for first event and $18 for additional events. Deadline is March 3.

For more information, check out their Tournament ID: 704103516 or call 843-237-3983.  

Stables Park Classic

The Mercom Junior Classic at Stables Park will be held March 18-20 at the WRTC at Stables Park in Pawleys Island. This Level 3 sanctioned tournament offers singles and doubles for all juniors up to 18 years old. Entry fee is $43.50 for one event and $46 for two events. Deadline is March 13.

For more information, check out their Tournament ID: 700030216 or call 843-545-3450. 

Neal Peterson, a former college tennis player, has been writing about the local tennis scene for more than a decade. He can be reached at 650-5505 or email neal.peterson@hotmail.com.

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