LI County

We all strive for a long healthy life. A 94-year-old girl who still beats tennis balls three days a week, Henrietta Speth shows us exactly how it’s done.

She started playing tennis in 1965, when a new racquet court opened in her hometown. At 38, Spet took the racket with several of his girlfriends and hasn’t let it go since.

“All four of us played cards, but none of us played tennis, so we all started. they had a crest around the ceiling, and our balls were up there, ”Speth said. “I liked it from the beginning.”

For two hours, three days a week, she lags behind players twice her age on the tennis courts at Rutenberg Park in Lee County.

“Oh, I love the lesson. It’s a moving game, ”Speth said. – I have always been active. When I was little, I never went to the store. I always ran. “

Shpet moves a lot in her 90s. She is also an artist and fashion designer. Spet has been designing and sewing his own tennis clothes and has been doing this for years.

1927 year of birth, daughter of a seamstress and dry cleaner.

“I think people take her for granted and think that because of her age they will be able to beat her. And I don’t think that’s the case when you watch her play here, “said Lynn Bruner, executive director of the Lee County Tennis Association.

Spet encourages the younger generation and his teammates to continue the exercise.

“I would say try it. You’ll like it, ‘said Spet.

Spet’s teammates say she inspires them all. “We all want to be like her when we grow up.”

Even at 94, Spet has no plans to slow down. She plans to keep playing as long as her body allows. “Until I fell dead,” Spet said.

The Lee County Tennis Association offers classes for all ages, and courts are available from 7 a.m. to dusk, except for those lighted courts that are open until 9 p.m.

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