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Feb 24 2021

Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament Returns This Fall

By Dale and Patti Leibach for The Island Connection

The 37th annual Alan Fleming Tennis Tournament will return Oct. 7-10 at Seabrook Island Racquet Club.

After being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 37th annual Alan Fleming Senior Clay Court Tennis Tournament will be held Columbus Day weekend at the Seabrook Island Racquet Club.

The tournament for players 35 and older will be held Oct. 7-10. The tournament has been popular with Kiawah and Seabrook Islanders and draws competitive players from across the country. As many as 200 players compete in the annual tournament and from as many as two dozen states as far away as California and Maine.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) sponsored tournament this year will combine the State Clay Open Championship level 1 and the Clay Mixed Double National level 1 which awards ITF points for players. In 2020, the USTA made major tournament changes that go into effect this year. In addition to changes in how points are awarded, adjustments were also made in the number of tournament competitions.

The net result of these USTA tournament changes for the Fleming is enhanced player competition. With fewer nationwide tournaments and the changes in  the allocation of points, the Fleming should be an even bigger draw in 2021.

In the past, players have ranked the Fleming as one of the top tournaments in the Southeast United States. The tournament has been ranked multiple times as one of the best in South Carolina.

In addition to great tennis, the Fleming has also had a charitable mission. Each year a local charity is selected to be the beneficiary of funds raised in conjunction with the tournament. 

The past three years the recipient has been the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation’s (SHIAF) Blessing Basket.

 It is a feeding program for hundreds of families in need on Johns and Wadmalaw islands. Even though the tournament was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid, Fleming organizers went forward with efforts to help fund the Blessing Basket.

A record $45,000 was raised from Kiawah and Seabrook island residents.

An announcement will be made about 2021 recipients in the near future.

Registration opens in August.

Additional information can be found at

After being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 37th annual Alan Fleming Senior Clay Court Tennis Tournament will be held Columbus Day weekend at the Seabrook Island Racquet Club.

The tournament for players 35 and older will be held Oct. 7-10. The tournament has been popular with Kiawah and Seabrook Islanders and draws competitive players from across the country. As many as 200 players compete in the annual tournament and from as many as two dozen states as far away as California and Maine.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) sponsored tournament this year will combine the State Clay Open Championship level 1 and the Clay Mixed Double National level 1 which awards ITF points for players. In 2020, the USTA made major tournament changes that go into effect this year. In addition to changes in how points are awarded, adjustments were also made in the number of tournament competitions.

The net result of these USTA tournament changes for the Fleming is enhanced player competition. With fewer nationwide tournaments and the changes in  the allocation of points, the Fleming should be an even bigger draw in 2021.

In the past, players have ranked the Fleming as one of the top tournaments in the Southeast United States. The tournament has been ranked multiple times as one of the best in South Carolina.

In addition to great tennis, the Fleming has also had a charitable mission. Each year a local charity is selected to be the beneficiary of funds raised in conjunction with the tournament. 

The past three years the recipient has been the Sea Islands Hunger Awareness Foundation’s (SHIAF) Blessing Basket.

 It is a feeding program for hundreds of families in need on Johns and Wadmalaw islands. Even though the tournament was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid, Fleming organizers went forward with efforts to help fund the Blessing Basket.

A record $45,000 was raised from Kiawah and Seabrook island residents.

An announcement will be made about 2021 recipients in the near future.

Registration opens in August.

Additional information can be found at alanflemingtournament.net and USTA.com. Spectators are also welcomed, and admission is free.

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