Kenny Huffman Tennis Classic
Hi Tennis Fans,
Another great Kenny Huffman Tennis Classic is in the books. The 46th annual tournament was a great success. We could not have asked for better weather. It was beautiful. In June, it looked impossible to have this year’s tournament. We were probably two months behind schedule. Nothing was in our favor. But finally, by the week of the tournament, things started coming together. Six men showed up to hang the banners: Ralph Hood, Freddie Napier, Jordan Johnson, Brad Stanley, Lee Rowe, and Tim McNamee. Then Tim picked up the trailers for us. Tony Robinson was helping behind the scenes to make sure we had a concession stand. As always, Jim Vanover contributes so much to this tournament. He is another committee member who is always a great support. Victor Allara helped us with the draw and set the times for each match. He was invaluable. As you can tell, it takes an entire committee to pitch in to make the tournament a success.
Thanks to the City of Pikeville, by tournament time, the courts had been pressure washed and the bicycle racks were delivered & UPIKE had delivered the tables, and chairs. We have two couples that always work the concession stand and put me at ease: Lee & Mary Rowe, and Coty & Kristy Marcum. They are a blessing to anyone they encounter. When registration started, my faithful sister, Ruth Moore, was by my side.
This year, the tennis players were very competitive, showed great sportsmanship, and were very patient when we got behind schedule. I enjoyed all of them very much. I have made so many friends at the KHTC. Players come from Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, and Kentucky to participate in the Kenny Huffman Tournament. I can’t wait to see them again next year.
The tournament had 18 different divisions and about 65 players. The 46th annual Kenny Huffman Tournament always has a great exhibition match with wooden rackets to start it off. The team of Mots Bishnoi and Tony Robinson won. The Men’s A singles final was won by Juan Reyes. He defeated John Hereford 6-
The Women’s B Singles championship was between two rising junior players; Elizabeth Davis & Maria Hayes. Elizabeth came out the victor by a score of 0-
The tournament had three junior divisions. The Jr. Boy’s 12U Singles was won by Blake Bowersock. The finalists were Jaxson Napier and Mat Murphy. The Jr. Boy’s 18U Singles was won by Evan Bentley. He defeated Cage Watts by a score of 6-
The KHTC always draws great doubles teams. The Men’s A Doubles champions were from Knoxville, Tennessee. John Hereford and Mark Cartier were victorious over Cage Watts and Ticha Chikuni by the score 3-
The women only had one doubles division. Women’s B Doubles was won by Riley Mullins & Ashton Jones. The finalists were Emily Conn & Sherry Vanover. Tennis needs more women players. Come on girls – tennis is a great sport.
In the mixed doubles division, we always have some surprises. The Mixed A Doubles was loaded with talent, and the victors were Ashton Jones & Juan Reyes. The finalists were John Hereford & Riley Mullins. The Mixed B Doubles was won by the great team of Tony Robinson & Maria Hayes over Elizabeth Davis & Cameron Brown by the score of 6=2, 6-
The Kenny Huffman Tennis Classic always leaves me with many wonderful memories and again I can’t wait until next year.
I will leave you with this quote from Roger Federer: “I told myself to play free. You play the ball. You don’t play the opponent. Be free in your head. Be free in your shots. Go for it. The brave will be rewarded here.”
Until next month….
Sue Huffman Stanley
Founder of Kenny Huffman Tennis Classic
KHTC Book Keeper
KHTC Assistant Director
KHTC Board Member
Author of “A Tennis Love Story”