— One of the historical athletic mainstays for Anderson has always been the summer tennis tournament.
It has carried many names over the years. It gained in popularity during the tennis boom years and carried a title named for the primary sponsor, the Anderson Banking Company.
During those years, Mays Park was its home. Despite being next to a busy street and limited areas to sit, it was a popular place to go during July. The dates for the tournament almost always overlapped some part of Wimbledon, so tennis awareness was heightened.
There were years when the tournament lasted three weeks. One week was for the junior players and culminated with titles being decided. For the next two weeks, adults and families ruled the courts.
Times have changed from those days. The tournament is now called the Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic. Nationally, the tennis boom has passed. The local tourney is played over a nine-day stretch instead of three weeks.
But what hasn’t changed is that the tournament is a great place to spend time watching some great, competitive tennis at many different skill levels. The facility at Anderson University offers a safe and family-friendly atmosphere with plenty of seating.
It is a splendid opportunity to cheer on family and friends. There is food and drink available to players and spectators alike. The tournament runs from Saturday to July 14 and is free to all who want to watch. It is one of the good summer traditions still alive in Anderson.