The United States Tennis Association sanctioned event is set for May 27-June 1 at the Corinth High School Tennis Complex.
“We are excited about another year of the Candy Classic,” said Tournament Chairperson Dr. Robert H. Perry. “In 2013, the tournament helped raise more than $7,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.”
The tournament provides two USTA sanctioned events offering a junior and adult division. The junior division normally consists of around 50 players, while the adult division contains 120 to 130 players.
Though most players are from Corinth and North Mississippi, the six-day-event welcomes players from around the state and country.
“We offer very unique experience for tennis players by offering both a junior and adult division at the same tournament,” said Perry. “As far as I know, we are one of only a few tournaments in extensive in this area that offers both divisions.”
Perry said the tournament is very family friendly.
“An entire family can come out and play in our tournament,” he added. “Both a dad and son or mom and daughter can compete.”
The tournament honors the memory of Candy Hammond, the daughter of Doug and Martha Hammond, who died of leukemia shortly after her 10th birthday in 1964.
The tournament was renamed in memory of Candy in 1977 after originally being called the Corinth Invitational.
Perry hopes to see more younger tennis players participate this year.
“Last year we received our first entries in the 10 and under small court division," said Perry. "This year we have been focusing on ways to raise those young participation numbers.”
The entry deadline for the junior division is May 24, while the deadline for adult division is May 27.
All participants will receive a t-shirt. A court-side picnic lunch will be provided for junior players, while a court-side picnic supper will be provided for adult players on the opening day of each division.
(For participation and sponsor information, contact 662-287-4561 or 662-284-5475. Registrations are to be submitted online at mstennis.com)