MORE than 60 years ago a young Terry Smith picked up a tennis racquet for the first time.
That began a playing career which has withstood the test of time after the 71-year-old took to the courts in the 61st Inter Regional Country Championships in Swan Hill at the weekend.
The man from team Barwon began his career in New South Wales when he was just nine years, one year before the Inter Regional Country Championships were created.
With the introduction of a over 50s event to the tournament in this year, Smith took the courts to prove he still had it. He won his first match on Friday against Barry Dow 6-4, 6-4.
Speaking to The Guardian, Smith said his longevity was put down to one fact.
For more on this story, check out Monday's Guardian (January 9).