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Player Spotlight Charles Freeman

Posted by Jamie Calvario on Mar 18, 2014 1:29:00 PM

 Charles Freeman

Many of you may see him around Gulph Mills Tennis Club.  Not only is he a friendly, regular around here but, he is also an extremely accomplished tennis player. Get to know Charlie a little more by reading his list of achievements below. 

  • Winner of more than 100 titles in the United States Tennis Association tournament competition, including three- time champion in Wilkes Barre and King of Prussia events.
  • Achieved number one ranking in Middle States tennis, 60 doubles division for the year 2000; Number 2 ranking in Men’s 35 division in the late 1970s; Top 10 ranking in Men’s open singles and doubles divisions on numerous occasions.
  • In USTA open sanctioned events, won singles and doubles tournaments in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
  • Won PIAA state tennis title
  • Won Philadelphia A-League singles and doubles titles as member of original Rifle club
  • Won USTA 4.5 league district, regional, and sectional titles. Advanced to National championships, Palm Springs, California; also played USTA 5.0 league.
  • Selected for Inter-district and National Senior Inter-sectional teams for more than 10 years.  Won deciding team matches as Litchfield, NC and Simsbury, CT.
  • Played in exhibitions with tennis greats Stan Smith, Billy Jean King, and teaching pro Dennis Van Dermeer. Helped Julie Anthony of original Philadelphia Freedoms.
  • Captain and Number One player of collegiate tennis team at Franklin and Marshall College in 1961; honored as Athlete of the Year 1961.
  • Winner of Martin’s Dam Tennis Club men’s singles, men’s doubles, and mixed doubles championships in three different decades; in more than 10 years, never lost match with one partner in A-team mixed doubles, having played every position.
  • Built, owned, operated indoor tennis club
  • Served as teaching professional, tennis director, tennis consultant, and pro shop owner for several indoor tennis facilities; taught Tennis America franchise at Villanova University
  • Won Member-Guest tournaments at various local country clubs, including Waynesborough Country Club on three occasions.
  • Coordinator, player, and multiple times doubles winner of Philadelphia Lawn Tennis Association grass court tournament, Martin’s Dam Division
  • Participated in National and International tournaments.  Advanced to quarterfinals in Men’s 45 and 55 doubles competition; qualified for and participated in International Tennis Federation World Championships.

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