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Tennis seniors rely on smarts, not speed
[FINAL Edition]
The Sun - Baltimore, Md.
Author: Erlandson, Robert A
Date: Mar 21, 1997
Start Page: 3.B
Section: METRO
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Though [Richard H. Henry] and [Jesse Gay] were the oldest players in the tournament's morning session, another singles match and two doubles matches occupied the other courts in the cavernous tennis barn.

"Seniors tennis is growing because the population is getting older and healthier, so it has to grow," said Jim Cummings, 62, a former Mid Atlantic doubles champion who is the tournament referee at the Perring Athletic Club.

Gay and Henry said that when they started to play tennis they used sneakers and wooden rackets strung with gut. Yesterday, all the players wore the latest sports shoes and were armed with large-head, graphite rackets strung to high tension with nylon or synthetic gut that adds power to their strokes.

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