The Seabrook Island Club expects to attract more than 250 senior tennis players from over 20 states to compete at its annual clay court tournament October 5 -9, 2016. In 2007, the tournament was designated as the Senior Open Clay Court State Championship. The 2010 tournament was designated SC Senior/Adult Tournament of the year. We join an elite class of tournaments in the Southeast that award 200 points to the winners of the various divisions. In 2014, we reached another milestone when we were awarded USTA’s highest level National Championship status for our mixed doubles 40’s, 50’s and 60’s events. This year we add the 70’s Mixed Doubles as a National Championship. Many of the entrants will be highly-ranked national seniors as well as players from the greater Charleston area. The latter group includes many residents of Seabrook Island and nearby Kiawah Island.
Originally established in the early 1980s under the leadership of Alan Fleming (father of the then Seabrook Island touring pro and former Wimbledon and U.S. Open doubles champion, Peter Fleming), the tournament has become one of the most popular events on the southern senior tournament schedule. After Alan Fleming’s death in 1997, the tournament was renamed in his honor. While the main attraction has been great tennis in an inviting setting, the gracious hospitality of the islanders and sponsoring businesses has served as an important magnet.