Charleston named best tennis town in America 

The Holy City beats out Richmond and Atlanta

Charleston, voted most polite city in the U.S. several times in a row, was bestowed a new award this week: #1 Tennis Town in America. Celebrating those who serve balls as opposed to those who serve food, the city defeated Richmond, Va. and Atlanta, Ga. to claim the top spot in the U.S. Tennis Association-sponsored competition.

Charleston was awarded a $100,000 award that will go towards junior tennis programming and facility enhancements, though no concrete plans for the money have been made yet. The city’s win was an upset, given the fact that Atlanta has more than 10 times as many players as Charleston. So how did Charleston pull it off?

“We had a lot of community players,” Michael Saia, communications manager of the Family Circle cup said. “From local players to the Women’s Tennis Association, everyone helped.”

The Women’s Tennis Association surely helped a great deal, as Charleston was the only top-10 city to have a professional women’s tennis event, the WTA-sponsored Family Circle Cup.

Now that Charleston is the #1 Tennis Town in America, the community plans to keep up the work. “Over the past, 10 years the Family Circle Cup has grown exponentially,” says Saia. “We’re just going to continue to improve, there’s no need to slow down now.”

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