March 17 Update:

We have had a small scheduling snafu for match times today. 8am and 9:30am matches will go on as scheduled, but other match times will most likely change. Check online for the latest match times.

Please help us stay on schedule by letting the tournament desk know if you see a match which has just ended….or if you see one going into a tie breaker.

We have courts until late today, so pick-up games are encouraged after we conclude scheduled matches.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!


 March 16 Update:

Wonderful day of tennis. Let’s do it again tomorrow!

Don’t forget the players party starts at 6:30pm tonight. Details are below.


March 15 Update:

The brackets are posted at the tennis center and at:  Southern Tennis Escape Tournament Brackets

(Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Choose an Event”)

Players Party Update:

  • Location: The Beach House – 1 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head
  • Date: Friday, March 16
  • Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served with a cash bar.
  • Attire is beach-wear as this is a beach location. This is an outside venue right on the beach, so please plan accordingly. Complimentary parking is located across the street. This is a wonderful location, so we hope you can make it.


March 13 Update:

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 25th Annual Southern Tennis Escape Invitational.  Please see the update below for important information regarding draw postings, order of play, match times,…etc.

Also – again this year – we are collecting any old rackets, tennis bags, and ball hoppers to donate to USTA’s Atlanta Youth Tennis Foundation.  This non-profit organization’s mission is to “promote the physical and mental development of underserved youth through tennis and education”. Please bring items to the tennis tournament. We are also bringing awareness to Tennis Thanks the Troops – an organization which provides scholarships to children in military families.

Details of preliminary draws are posted on our Web site under “Entrants”. Brackets will be posted at the tennis center by 2pm on Thursday.

The address for the tennis center is: 6 Trent Jones Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC. We will also be utilizing courts that are located a short walk from the main tennis courts. There is a foot-bridge making both courts very accessible to each other.

We will also offer draws online (link to be provided on Thursday). Remember – complimentary practice courts will be available on Thursday after 1pm if you booked your condo through our preferred condo rental agency. If you didn’t book through our preferred vendor, either partner up with someone who did, or reserve and pay for a court at the tennis center. Grab your racket….some cold drinks….and jump in on some pick-up games.

We’re going green this year. Water will be provided on all courts. Please bring your own bottled water or water jug if you prefer.

In deference to all players, we ask you to please show up on-time for all matches throughout the weekend.  This will help keep the tournament running smoothly.

If you have any issues which surface later this week, please contact Michael at 404-213-2421 (no text) or  mddoyle@yahoo.com.

Let’s get ready for some tennis!!!

Michael Doyle


Welcome to the 2018 Southern Tennis Escape Invitational

 Please read the following carefully – your cooperation is essential to a smooth tournament!

TOURNAMENT BRACKETS – Brackets and match times will be posted at the tennis center by 2:00pm on Thursday. Match times will also be available via a USTA link which will be provided prior to the tournament.


  • Friday will begin with Women’s Doubles, followed by Men’s Doubles, and finally Mixed Doubles.
  • Saturday will begin with Men’s Doubles, followed by Women’s Doubles, and finally Mixed Doubles.
  • Sunday – all final matches/times/location posted in advance. Please be sure to check your start time if you’re in the finals! Most round robins will have matches on Sunday.

Please check in prior to your assigned match time and stay within earshot for minimal delays. All four players must be present before a court will be assigned. If not, your court will be released to the next foursome and your match will start when all are present and the next court is available.  Throughout the tournament, match times will be updated and posted at the tournament desk. We will also be posting the match times and results online.

WARM-UPAll warm-ups are restricted to 10 minutes. Please, please adhere to this request which will help keep matches on schedule. We get behind when warms-up go over 10 minutes (a ten minute warm-up is ten ground strokes, ten volleys, and ten practice serves!) You can conduct additional warm-up the day before your match.

SCORING – Scoring is regular two sets with the third set a super-tie breaker (first to 10 by 2). As always, this is subject to change.

ANNOUNCE THE MATCH SCORE – To eliminate scoring conflicts, the server must announce the score before every point. Please update the court-score at change over.

REPORTING SCORES – The winning team must report the final score to the tournament desk and return the match balls. Players who lose in the first round will be placed in the consolation round, so check the brackets for your next match time/location.

BYES – Unfortunately, having a bye can be a part of the tournament. If you have a bye in one event on Friday, and are playing in two events, you should have a match scheduled in your second event. If this is not the case, please see Michael.

LUNCHES – Lunch on Friday and Saturday will be served at the tennis center. Lunches are provided for players and paid guests only. Please be considerate to others when taking food.

PLAYER’S PARTY – we will have a players party on Friday evening starting at 6:30 pm. Details about the event will be sent out on Thursday.

DELAYS HAPPEN! – Even though your match time is assigned, it may be possible a court is not available or your partner/opponent is still playing in another match. Delays will occur, so please be patient and we’ll get you on as quickly as possible.


If an unscheduled circumstance requires an early departure on Sunday, please let Michael know as soon as possible.  This is a courtesy to your opponents as they WILL be affected.

COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE – please keep in mind that Palmetto Dunes has a complimentary shuttle which can take you all over the island. Please consider taking advantage of this great amenity.

THE WEATHER – If rain occurs we will postpone play and provide a time to check back for updates. We reserve the right to change the scoring system if rain or other delays shorten our available court time.

FACEBOOK – if you’re on Facebook, please “like” our page and post any tournament statuses or pictures from the tournament (why not rub it in to those who aren’t here???)

RECREATIONAL TOURNAMENT – Please keep in mind that this is a fun, enjoyable, recreational tournament. No ATP or WTP points are earned as a result of this tournament. Thanks for joining us!


– Your Southern Tennis Escape Committee –