Ken Harris has a message for the local sports community — you can go places in tennis.
The Geraldton Tennis Club patron said he was hoping for a good turnout at the club’s Patrons Day event on Saturday, which features doubles round-robins for men and women.
“It’s a good family sport,” Harris said.
“We need more young players.”
A mere 84 years young himself, Harris is still hoping to make an Australian side and he thinks other up-and-comers — of any age — can have the same ambition.
While sports like basketball were increasingly popular, Australian tennis players had enjoyed great success including winning world championships, he said.
Youngster Caleb Sewell, a nominee for the Mid West Academy of Sports Athlete of the Year award at Friday’s Geraldton Guardian Mid West Sports Awards, was an example of how juniors could progress in the game, he said.
Harris himself played in Wimbledon qualifiers and he has been competing locally since the 1950s.
Patrons Day runs from 2pm on Saturday at the Geraldton Tennis Club. Nominations must be in by 11am on Friday and the club can assign partners for people signing up alone. Contact 0447 383 483 or 0447 383 610 for more information.