Luckie enough to be still swinging at 71

EXPLOSIVE shots and temper tantrums may be thin on the ground now, but Alan Luckie still loves his tennis.

The 71-year-old was among those enjoying the action at Ballina Tennis Club's senior doubles competition.

Lennox Head-based Luckie started playing tennis again after moving up to the FNC about 20 years ago.

Although rusty after a few years away from the game, and perhaps not possessing the same power as a junior, tennis still has a special place in his heart.

"I think I broke a few wooden racquets when I was younger, but not anymore," he said.

"These days I don't even manage to break a string.

"It's still great to hit a nice shot, even if they are few and far between these days."

About 40 players took part in Saturday's round-robin competition, which featured men's and women's doubles action.

Left-hander Luckie said the event's format underlined why he loved the sport.

"Tennis is very social," he said.

"It is not like golf, where you hit the ball and then go one way and your partner goes the other.

"Whether I win or lose, I still enjoy it."

Ballina's Dave Robertson and East Lismore's Jeff Hurst took the men's title after winning all their sets in the round-robin competition.

Greg Cartaar (Ballina) and Alstonville representative Lee Naylor took the runners-up berth.

Home players Joof Alberts and Dave Aveling took the B grade title.

Beth Evans and Monica Hogan took the women's B grade competition.

A grade was played on an individual basis, with Broken Head's Lisa Zoric claiming the honours.

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