Gen­er­a­tions of tal­ent at club

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

IT’S a case of the young and the ma­ture at Hens­man Park Ten­nis Club this year, with old­est mem­ber Frank Thomas gear­ing up to play at the open­ing day, while young mem­ber Matthew Bur­ton pre­pares to rep­re­sent WA in the Bruce Cup later this month.

At nearly 95, Como res­i­dent Mr Thomas be­gan play­ing ten­nis in Kal­go­or­lie in the 1930s, and through­out his time serv­ing in World War II and then as a bank man­ager in South Perth, he has al­ways been a keen ten­nis player.

“I en­joy the so­cial at­mos­phere at Hens­man, I’ve made many good friends from the lo­cal area who have helped keep me young at heart,” Mr Thomas said.

And de­spite Mr Thomas al­most reach­ing his cen­te­nary, Hens­man Park Ten­nis Club’s David Ford said other mem­bers were still wary of the vet­eran’s serve.

At the other end of the scale, 11-year-old Matthew was se­lected to take on the best play­ers in Aus­tralia in his age group in the un­der-12 com­pe­ti­tion at the Bruce Cup in Ho­bart.

Matthew comes from a fam­ily of ten­nis play­ers, with both his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther play­ing at a state elite level.

The club’s open­ing day will be on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 10 from 1.30pm.

Frank Thomas and Matthew Bur­ton at Hens­man Park Ten­nis Club.

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