In case you missed the Wimbledon news, some old Swiss guy beat all the young pretenders. And he was two years younger than women’s finalist Venus Williams.
In fact, the combined age of the four male semi-finalists was the oldest in the tennis open era. A weekend for the ancients.
Federer’s graceful style used to give hope to teenage tennis prodigies. Now, he gives hope to old codgers like me.
Not that we might ever hope to be great, but instead, it says something about holding on. While both knees still work, there’s hope.
Admittedly, the Swiss master’s 35 years does not even take him back far enough to have ever known Dunlop Volley tennis shoes and wooden racquets. But in outlasting nearly all his peers, he drives home the message that competitive sport doesn’t stop at thirty.
We family physicians are familiar with the typical reduction of physical activity as people age. Primary schoolers run around like chooks, teenagers usually play sport regularly and often keep it up for a couple of years after school, but then—bang!
Too many lose the habit in their twenties, and the ensuing decades start to bring all the problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Continue reading