The Fleming Returns October 4 – 8

What is the Fleming Tennis Tournament?

It began as a local Seabrook Island Tournament in the early 1980s. Since then it has grown into the premier tournament in the Southeast in both quality and competition. It attracts about 250 players from across the Southeast and beyond, including National and World Champions competing for the USTA National Championship Gold Ball Awards. It has been chosen as the “best tournament of the year” by visiting players, in part for the hospitality with which the Island welcomes the players. To learn more, click here.

The Tournament is open to all, not just Seabrookers. Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the competition, free of charge. Whether you play tennis or not, you will be excited by the caliber of tennis exhibited on our courts. It is fun to wander from match to match, enjoy the free ice cream and beer and perhaps stop for lunch in the tent erected by the courts.

Since the players’ entry fees only pay about half the cost of the event, the rest is made up through gifts from people and businesses. The Town of Seabrook is the major sponsor, designated by the honorary title Presenter of the Tournament. Why does the Town so enthusiastically support the Fleming? Partly it is because the prestige of the event reflects well on the Town but also because it makes financial sense. Visitors rent places to stay, shop at local places and get to appreciate the beauty of the Island. Seabrook Realty welcomes guests with open arms. Sales have resulted; my husband proves that.

As those involved in this effort to raise money for the Tournament begin their work, they have been asked if friends of Dan Carretta may donate this year in his memory. Dan passed away recently after being an avid tennis player for four decades on Seabrook, routinely participating in the Fleming. For more information, click here.

The Tournament is also respected by many for its philanthropic arm. Each year the Fleming chooses a charity for special fundraising efforts. This year, for the third year in a row, it is Respite Care Charleston. Last year this outreach raised over $40,000 for RCC, mostly from Seabrookers. For more information, click here.

Plan to come out to watch the play in October. It is fun for all.

-Submitted by Sally Kimball

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