32 www.ILoveMountPleasant.com | www.BestOfMP.com | www.MountPleasantMagazine.com S ince 1973, South Carolina’s Lowcountry has welcomed players from the Women’s Tennis Association once a year for the annual Volvo Car Open, North America’s largest women-only tennis tournament. Attracting nearly 100,000 spectators and more than 100 talented players, this acclaimed series will kick off on March 31 and run through April 8, with a special gala scheduled for April 2 to benefit the South Carolina Junior Tennis Foundation. With the support of the Family Circle Tennis Center, the SCJTF was founded in January 2017 by Jeff Wilson, a former professional tennis coach who spent 27 years traveling the world with players. “The SCJTF is the beginning of a lifelong dream,” said Wilson. “There are a lot of young players who show great potential but don’t end up with all the opportunities other kids have to reach the collegiate and professional levels.” By Samantha Connors Keeping the Dream of Playing Tennis Alive The South Carolina Junior Tennis Foundation feature Photos courtesy of the Volvo Car Open.