Fred Kniffen

Father and daughters, all members of the TJC Circle of Honor. From left, Judy Kniffen Clardy, Fred Kniffen and Janet Kniffen Scholl.

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TYLER — Fred Kniffen, an American tennis icon who won numerous national championships and brought the game he loved to thousands of tennis players around the globe, passed away Wednesday, family and friends said. He was 84.

Kniffen was the father of Nacogdoches High School and former Stephen F. Austin tennis coach Judy Kniffen Clardy and the father-in-law of state Rep. Travis Clardy.

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