Generations of talent at club
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.