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GACTA hosts inaugural tourney

Renee Scott, right, claimed first place and Taylor Autrey, left, finished as the runner-up in the Female Advanced Division at the Camellia City Tennis Classic. (Submitted Photo)

Elizabeth Matthews was thrilled with the Greenville Area Community Tennis Association’s inaugural tournament, the Camellia City Tennis Classic.

“We thought it was a great success,” Matthews said. “Each player got to compete in at least two matches, and over the weekend this resulted in almost 30 different matches being played. Everyone, spectators and players alike, enjoyed watching all the players compete.”

The tournament, which was held at Beeland Park, featured 24 players from the area.

“We limited this year’s tournament to locals because of the limited number of courts at Beeland Park,” Matthews said. “When or if we are fortunate to get more tennis courts in Greenville, we would love to open up the tournament to others not from this area.”

Players competed in four divisions –Male Advanced, Male Intermediate, Female Advanced and Female Intermediate.

Tournament winners in the Male Intermediate Division were Samuel Harris (champion), Warren Matthews, Jr. (runner-up) and Brett Taylor (consolation winner).

Winners in the Male Advanced Division were Stephen Butts (champion), Warren Matthews, Sr. and Leander Pickens (consolation winner).

Winners in the Female Intermediate Division were Madison Ann Gaston (champion) and Jennifer Grace Arnold (runner-up).

Winners in the Female Advanced Division were Renee Scott (champion) and Taylor Autrey (runner-up).

According to Matthews, the GACTA hopes to host more tournament’s in the future.

“We plan to have another tournament in the fall, and we hope to continue to do this type thing at least once annually,” she said.

Anyone interested in joining the GACTA can write to greenville.tennis@gmail.com. Membership is open to anyone who would like to play tennis or to support tennis in our community.