Hundreds of seniors are going head to head this weekend in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens for tops spots in this year's Eastern Senior League Tennis Championships. Borough reporter Ruschell Boone filed the following report.
This weekend, some tennis competitors at Flushing Meadows Park might be a bit little older and slower than the professionals who played there during the U.S. Open, but they are still fierce at hits, misses, frustration and triumphs.
More than 300 tennis players from all over the tri-state area are vying for the top spots in the USTA Eastern Section Senior League Championships.
"I hate to get out here and not do well. When I have good shots and I don't get them that kind of thing, but I just enjoy tennis," said one competitor. "I'd play everyday if I could."
Many players are over 50, but most are what they call "super seniors," over age 60.
"We don't feel like we're seniors, we just happen to have gotten older," says a player. "We still play pretty competitively."
"I don't think we have Serena [Williams]'s power, movement or shots, but we do well," says another.
"I've been playing since I was 12, so it's funny that in the very last part of my life I'm in big-time tournaments," says a third.
For these players, it's not just about taking a swing at the competition, but also about staying fit and building friendships.
"People really love coming here because a lot of them just came and watched the pros play on these courts and now they are here," says manager Darcy Cobb of the Adult Leagues USTA. "It's very exciting, and it's important to keep these kinds of competitions going to keep people fit and active."
"The camaraderie is wonderful. We just enjoy each other's company on and off the courts," says another player.
The tournament, which is free to the public, runs throughout the weekend and the winners will go on to the national championships in Sunrise, Ariz. and Orlando, Fla.