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Tennis tourney draws wide mix of players
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Tyler Tolhurst is looking to win two straight Mixed A Doubles titles in McMinnville with partner Keyonn Kin.
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Kali Adams is one of two players who made the trip from Macon County to participate in the Security Federal Tennis Tournament.

They come from far and wide to participate in the annual Security Federal Tennis Tournament. This year was no exception.

Ava Scruggs and Kali Adams, two high school girls, made the trip from Macon County with their coach, a roughly two-hour drive. Others came from Cookeville, Manchester, and beyond to compete. As expected, there was a strong group of players representing McMinnville.

“We have 85 people registered in the tournament and I’d say about half of them are from out of town,” said organizer David Dunlap, who has the tennis complex named in his honor. “We’ve been fighting rain all week so we’ve had to do some rescheduling to get it all in. It’s taken a bit of work.”

Tyler Tolhurst and his partner, Keyonn Kin, won the last tournament played in McMinnville, the Dr Pepper Tennis Tournament last August. They are looking to make it back-to-back titles in Mixed A Doubles and they were overpowering on Friday as their opponent didn’t win a single game.

Longtime player Lester Cowell is still managing to get it done. Cowell won his match on Friday to show he has plenty left in the tank.

For those who missed the excitement of the Security Federal Tennis Tournament, there’s still plenty of time to register for the Dr Pepper Tournament set for Aug. 4-6.

The cost to register is $15 for each division. There are divisions for men and women, mixed doubles, and boys and girls ages 10 and 12. Competition will take place in A, B and C classes. To enter, send your name, phone number, and the division(s) you wish to enter to David Dunlap, 208 Donnell Street, McMinnville, TN 37110. Call (931) 273-3635 for more information.