Charleston Natives Chris Henderson and Phil Whitesell Look To Defend Home Sand
NEW YORK, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Beach Tennis USA(R), the organization responsible for launching the sport of beach tennis in North America, will hold its Charleston Open, Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 at The Windjammer, on 1008 Ocean Blvd. in Isle of Palms, SC. 2005 and 2006 Beach Tennis USA National Champions and Charleston’s own Phil Whitesell and Chris Henderson, are looking to gain some points in the leaders standing and secure their spots in the 2009 National Championship.
“Beach Tennis Believes,” the official charity of BTUSA, will be accepting donations throughout the weekend on behalf of “Donate Life South Carolina,” whose mission is to promote organ and tissue donation for transplantation and provide patient assistance for South Carolina transplant recipients. Beach Tennis Believes helps raise funds and awareness for community centers and youth programs. For more information about Donate Life South Carolina, visit http://www.donatelifesc.org.
The thrilling play will begin on Saturday, August 22, with the Junior and Amateur tournament from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Men’s Pro Division pool play starting at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, kicks off with a Coed Doubles tournament from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There will be open play for the Amateur and Junior Divisions on the courts that are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Women’s and Men’s Pro Divisions advanced rounds will be begin at 12:00 p.m. with the finals matches beginning at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively. The two-day event will conclude at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night with an after-party at The Windjammer.
Players from all over the country are set to compete for the $1,000 first-place prize, plus a guaranteed spot in the 2009 Beach Tennis USA National Championship in Long Beach, New York, September 5-6.