Candy Reynolds


Candy Reynolds

Class of 2016

University of Tennessee Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame in 1993

Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1996

Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, 2011

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 2017

  Born in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 24, 1955, Reynolds began playing tennis at ten years old. After a highly successful junior and amateur career, she secured her first professional win at the 1980 U.S. Indoor Doubles Championships. On the Women’s Tennis Association tour she took home 26 titles including the 1983 French Open Women’s Doubles Championships, the 1982 Canadian Open, and the 1983 Family Circle Cup. She achieved a no. 2 world ranking in doubles and a no. 22 world ranking in singles. She holds a career singles record of 79-125. She played all four Grand Slam tournaments and is a member of the “Final 8 Club” for all four grand slams having reached the semifinals or better in each event. Reynolds also competed on the Fed Cup team and the Wightman Cup. In 1989, Reynolds retired from the WTA circuit at age 34. Prior to her professional career, Reynolds played for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she was an All-American before transferring to University of Tennessee Knoxville. Coached by fellow Hall of Fame members Alice Tym (Class of 2013) and Bill Tym (2003), Reynolds won the 1973 U.S. National Amateur Grass courts as a 15th seed besting three of the nation’s top players. Reynolds served as a player representative on the Women’s International Professional Tennis Council from 1985 – 1991 and on the Women’s Tennis Association Board of Directors for six years. In 1988, the Women’s Tennis Association awarded Reynolds the Player Service Award. In 1989, she participated in the creation of the first pension plan for WTA players. Reynolds earned an MBA from Northwestern University and works in sales in Atlanta, GA.