ANDERSON — In its 34th year, the Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic has continued to grow since the tournament was restricted to only Madison County residents at its inception.
Now, kids 10 and younger can compete on courts next to players six or seven times their age and from all across Indiana.
Yet, one of the most popular trends in this summer’s tournament, which is being played at the Anderson University tennis courts until July 14, is how it can bring together families.
James and Terry Day have been coming to the Classic for the past four summers, and each time they’ve entered they’ve come away victorious in the Mother/Son division.
Terry has been playing tennis for 50 years and helped lead her son to love the sport when he was just a teenager 25 years ago, and ever since they’ve enjoyed getting the opportunity to play next to each other.
Both of them play on United States Tennis Association teams, but in those events, they’re left to cheer each other on rather than help rally with each other on the court. They try to practice together at least once a week, but the Classic is their only chance to compete with each other, James said.
“We enjoy it, and we have a good time. It’s a nice opportunity,” he said. “We’ve won every year we’ve played so we’ve got to keep coming back and try to hang on.”
On the other hand, for Glen Stoker, Saturday afternoon at AU was his first chance to play tennis alongside his daughter, Brandy, in a competitive atmosphere.
Glen took up tennis at a young age and enjoyed playing it recreationally throughout his high school years, but he introduced his daughter to the sport less than two years ago, and she’s loved it.