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Playing USTA tennis at 70+

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L-Hayes2You may know me as the publisher/editor of ActiveOver50—a media company encouraging boomers and seniors to stay active as long as possible. I’m also captain/player on three USTA 3.5 teams.

This year, I was co-captain of a 55+ 7.0 team, captain of a 65+ 3.5 team and player on a 3.5 70+ team. Combined record to date: 14-3. Not bad for a 74 year old!

My secrets?  Exercise and a positive outlook on life.

For exercise, I play tennis 2-3 times a week, lawn bowl 1-2 times a week with my wife Gloria, fish* 1-2 times a month and walk as much as I can.

Exercise is important for your health but “what you eat and how much” are equally paramount. Chow down on fruits and veggies. Stay away from “sodas.” They will kill you. Drink water instead.

What’s it like playing USTA tennis at 70? Very rewarding. Most guys who are playing tennis at 70+ are in pretty good shape.

And they are crafty–using every trick in the trade to win points such as “lobbing,” and hitting angle and drop shots.

Although everyone wants to win, just being able to play USTA tennis at this age is a blessing.

For tips on healthy living and longevity, read Dr. Walter M. Bortz’s latest article “Aging: Fate or Choice” in the Fall 2013 issue of ActiveOver50. Visit

*Like to fish? If interested, email me at We fish
all over Northern California in both fresh water and ocean.

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