Kenny Huffman Tennis Classic
Hi Tennis Fans,
Thank goodness it is April. The weather is finally getting warmer and tennis is in full swing, especially in high school and college. As far as the pros go, they are starting their clay court season in preparation for the French Open.
The Kenny Huffman Tennis Classic is 46 years old this year. It is a great contribution to the city and to the sport of tennis. We always have a family oriented environment. The tournament has made changes over the years, but it stays true to its purpose. That is to provide an annual scholarship in memory of Kenny Huffman, who died of cancer in 1973. It is always exciting to be able to help a young person go to college. We will be making a decision on our scholarships at our May meeting.
As I have said before, the KHTC is a member of two circuits – the ATS and the MTC. Both circuits offer great competition. We have 8 tournaments in the ATS and 13 in the MTC. Be sure and check our websites for the tournament schedules – www.atstennis.net, www.mtctennis.org, and www.kenhuffclas.org.
If you are interested in becoming a member of one of the circuits, check the websites for details on how to join. The circuits are a lot of fun. We have age levels from age 12 to 70, singles and doubles, plus we have A, B, & C levels of play. We also have a Mixed Doubles division which is extremely competitive. It is thrilling to watch.
The KHTC gives you points in both circuits. Plus, if you are a junior player, you can receive points in the USTA. It is a win-
Here is a little history about our sport of tennis. The ATP was formed in September of 1972 by Donald Dell, Jack Kramer, and Cliff Drysdale to protect the interests of male professional tennis players. Drysdale became the first president. Since 1990, the association has organized the ATP Tour. The ATP’s global headquarters are in London.
The counterpart organization in the women’s professional game is the WTA. It was founded in 1973 by Billie Jean King. It governs the WTA Tour. The WTA was founded to create a better future for women’s tennis. The WTA’s corporate headquarters is in St. Petersburg, Florida. Today the WTA has more than 2,500 players from nearly 100 countries competing for $146 million in prize money. This history came from Wikipedia. It is very interesting to know a little history of how our sport came about.
I will be coming to Pikeville around April 25. It will be exciting seeing everyone and be catching up on all the tennis.
I will leave you with this tennis quote by Serena Williams – “It’s not about how you win. It’s about how well you’re able to come back when you are down.”
Sue Huffman Stanley
Founder of Kenny Huffman Tennis Classic
KHTC Book Keeper
KHTC Assistant Director
KHTC Board Member
Author of “A Tennis Love Story”