It used to be an honor that used to be late. Ben Navarro, proprietor of the Volvo Automotive Open, and his circle of relatives had been named South Carolina’s tennis circle of relatives of the 12 months for 2019 by means of the USTA.

For Ben and Kelly Navarro, at the side of their 4 youngsters —Emma, Meggie, Earl and Owen — tennis has been a keenness and a large a part of their lives.   

“A fan, father, and trade proprietor, tennis has introduced such a lot to our circle of relatives,” Ben Navarro mentioned. “Junior tennis has supplied a spot for our kids to be told a piece ethic, broaden friendship via shared fight, and learn how to take care of sadness, defeat, and infrequently even unfairness.

“Are you able to assume of a higher technique to broaden a resilient particular person?”

Prior to taking possession of the Volvo Automotive Open in 2018, Navarro’s “Like to Play Tennis” program has been a style of luck the previous few years with an array of remarkable tennis occasions, from nationwide boys 10 and women 18 championships to a gentle line of Global Tennis Federation girls’s professional tournaments that now have reached the $100Okay stage.

Put the Volvo Automotive Open and LTP Tennis along Emma Navarro’s very good 12 months on the earth’s Junior Grand Slam tournaments, along with a cast collection of nationwide junior titles over time, and you have got Charleston tennis in a nutshell for the final two or 3 years.

Emma, the No. four junior participant on the earth, has gained a couple of Easter Bowl singles titles, women 18 nationwide clay court docket singles and doubles crowns, an LTP ITF doubles name, a Junior French Open doubles name, a Junior Australian Open doubles runner-up, a Junior French Open singles runner-up and a Junior Wimbledon singles semifinal berth.  

Ben Navarro’s unique undertaking into tennis began when he bought the previous Gamers Membership and grew to become it right into a Like to Play Tennis venue for his two sons and two daughters.

Earl starred on a state championship Instructional Magnet Top Faculty tennis crew, whilst Emma and Meggie even have performed key roles in SCISA state tennis championships for Ashley Corridor.

“We’re past thankful for the have an effect on tennis has had on all of our lives,” mentioned Ben Navarro, who is also the founding father of Assembly Side road Colleges in addition to the Sherman Monetary Staff.

Emma Navarro additionally used to be decided on because the state winner of the celebrated Wilton McKinney Award for tennis.


• The Randy Pate Tennis Academy on the two LTP Tennis golf equipment, Mount Delightful and Daniel Island, ruled the state awards for junior tennis. The Charney sisters, Emma and Piper, had been named the state’s junior woman tennis participant of the 12 months and essentially the most progressed junior woman participant, respectively. Each Charneys personal No. 1 scores within the South, Emma in women 16 and Piper in women 14. Emma Charney is also No. 2 in women 18.

Pate Academy gamers additionally took each state junior boys awards, Max Smith as boy participant of the 12 months and Mitchell Deames as maximum progressed boy. Deames is ranked 2d within the South in boys 16.

Different native gamers and occasions to win state awards incorporated Diane Barker, grownup feminine participant of the 12 months; Kiawah Island’s Haygood/Grady Memorial Tennis Championship, grownup match of the 12 months; and John Farelly, variety outreach and inclusion award.

The South Carolina USTA awards rite will likely be held right through the affiliation’s annual assembly Dec. 7 at Hilton Head Island.

Southern award winners incorporated Pate Academy standout Coy Simon, the South’s No. 1 boys 18 participant who used to be named the junior fulfillment award winner for boys. Chloe Beck, who has educated part-time on the Pate Academy and is now at Duke College, used to be the Southern women fulfillment winner.

Diane Barker additionally used to be decided on by means of the Southern as its participant of the 12 months.

• The Charleston Thanksgiving Junior Vintage is scheduled for Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Charleston Tennis Middle. The access closing date is Nov. 24. Registration is to be had on-line (match quantity 700045919). Touch match director Peggy Bohne at 843-766-7401.

• Shelby Rogers seems to have neglected out on successful the Australian Open Wild Card Problem’s berth in the principle draw of subsequent 12 months’s first Grand Slam. The Charleston traveling professional, recently ranked No. 177 on the earth, completed as runner-up within the $80Okay at Macon, Ga., however then misplaced to Alexa Glatch in the second one spherical within the $80Okay Tyler, Texas, match, and used to be eradicated within the first spherical within the WTA Excursion’s Oracle Challenger Sequence in Houston.

Succeed in James Beck at [email protected]

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