Fit Folks: Carlyle Luke LeBas
Carlyle Luke LeBas, 82
I am 82 years old and still play competitive tennis. The first time I saw tennis played I was 13 years old and was one of the players. The court surface was red clay in Louisiana, which had been put in place by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The court was surrounded by a barbed wire fence to keep out livestock. I have played in United States Tennis Association tournaments since I was 35 and have been ranked in the USTA Texas group all of those years, sometimes as high as No. 1 or 2. I’ve beaten players 40 years younger than me in league matches. I play three or four times a week. I had a heart attack in 2009 and think my tennis playing contributed to my survival. I was one of the original officers of the Austin Tennis Association many years ago. I also graduated from the USTA referee school and called lines for a professional women’s tennis tournament.
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