DECATUR — Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus is home to plenty of tournaments.
Under normal circumstances.
Among them this year would have been a Mid-South Illinois Tennis Association district event, playing host to some of the best young talent in east central Illinois and beyond.
Until the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the UI and Atkins to cancel its 2020 summer tournaments.
In stepped Chuck Kuhle, summer director of tennis at Decatur’s Fairview Tennis Center.
After an OK from the local park district, Kuhle was permitted to bring the tournament to his city. It took place Friday and Saturday with singles brackets for 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U boys and 12U, 14U and 18U girls.
“It gives us some sense of normalcy,” Kuhle said Thursday. “I can look at it glass half full. We have almost 60 kids playing, so I look at that as…