90 years young and still playing tennis

90 years young and still playing tennis
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - What are your plans when you reach 90 years old? Heck, I hope I just make it that far, but Ed Parker is setting the bar pretty high.

At 90, Parker still loves to play tennis.

"I started about 30-years-ago," said Parker.

At the age of 60, he picked up a racket and has been playing ever since. Parker plays with a group called the Early Birds in Montgomery. They meet three days a week all year long and play the sport they love. Most of the players are 60-years-old, or older, but Parker is the elder statesman of the group. It doesn't show on the court though; he has some skills.

"I get around pretty good. I try to figure out what they are going to do. It's a mind game, plus a physical game."

Parker spent a good part of his career working for a printing company.

"When I stopped working and retired, I started playing tennis to have something to do," Parker said.

Parker admits his body isn't what it used to be.

"My legs and knees are bad," Parker said.
But Parker still hits great shots and is a hit with his playing partners.

"It gives us inspiration," said Bob Hawkins. "If we can just get out there and play half as good as Ed, we just love him to death and hope he continues to play."

Parker is showing no signs of slowing down. After enjoying some of his 90th birthday cake, he went back outside and hit the ball with me!

If you're interested the Early Birds meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the O'Conner Tennis Center in Montgomery. As the name indicates, they play early, before it gets too hot.
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