Age proves no bar­rier

Ten­nis star makes Qld team again

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Amani Vas­sil­iou Amani.Vas­sil­[email protected]­chillanews.com.au

TEN­NIS: From the time he was three-years-old, Brad Hub­bard could more of­ten than not be found out by his garage, ten­nis rac­quet in hand, hit­ting ball af­ter ball at a wall.

Fifty years on and that blos­som­ing pas­sion for ten­nis hasn’t gone away.

It’s only ma­tured to ac­cru­ing a num­ber of sport­ing ac­com­plish­ments and pre­par­ing to com­pete in the 2019 Aus­tralian Se­nior Cham­pi­onships.

For the sec­ond year in a row, Chin­chilla’s Hub­bard has been se­lected as one of five play­ers in the first of two over 50’s Queens­land teams. He is set to com­pete in the teams and in­di­vid­ual events of the cham­pi­onships.

“They will be in Shep­par­ton, Vic­to­ria this time on real grass which is a sur­face that re­ally suits the way I play,” Hub­bard said.

“I’m feel­ing pretty con­fi­dent... it’ll sort of be like my own lit­tle ver­sion of Wim­ble­don.”

The high school teacher only got back into play­ing ten­nis when he was 38 and, TEN­NIS LE­GEND: Chin­chilla lo­cal Brad Hub­bard has been se­lected for the 50+ Queens­land team for the 2019 Aus­tralian Se­nior Cham­pi­onships.

de­spite some ma­jor health is­sues keep­ing him off the court for a few years, has con­tin­ued to rise up the ranks.

“For the state my dou­bles rank­ing is 15 and my sin­gles rank­ing is 28 in Aus­tralia,” he said humbly.

“Although I think I en­joy

play­ing the game more than ac­tu­ally win­ning.”

It is this en­joy­ment that Hub­bard said sprouted from his par­ents love of the game

and will pro­pel him into the fu­ture.

“Mum’s 80 and Dad’s 77 and they still play ten­nis three days a week,” he said.

“It sounds silly to say but I think I’m play­ing bet­ter now than when I was 20.

“I just want to keep im­prov­ing and en­joy­ing it.”

PHOTO: FILE

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