There are now more people playing tennis over 70 than at any time since the second world war. They are fitter, cannier, and still competitive compared with players of 45 years ago.
David Mason, Captain of the Seniors Mens’ Tennis at Warwick Boat Club, says because they are getting older does not mean they are less active. What they lack in strength and mobility is more than made up for by guile and experience. “They still have the enthusiasm and make fewer mistakes,” he said.
Following the recent success of Jenny Waggott winning gold in the over 75’s World Championships in Croatia, and the womens’ performance in the European Championships at La Manga, the Boat Club men were well represented at the over 70 and 75 levels. David Mason, Roger Davis, Mike Adams, and Quentin Keogh played for Warwickshire winning three out of six matches for the over 75’s. This team also represented the club at national level in the inter-club while Martin Lusby, Tony Baker, Mike Adams took part in the over 70’s event. The women's over 70 and over 65 teams are both in the semi final of the National inter Clubs competition for 2018 and the Boat Club has many players in the The Warwickshire over 70 team
The Boat Club’s strength is in the less taxing doubles, which suits seniors. “Following retirement, more are playing regularly and and some are getting back to tennis. Anyone interested, particularly old match players should get in touch with me or visit the Warwick Boat Club web site,” David added.