It has been a long-held ambition of Ken Civil to play tennis on his 90th birthday and this Monday (7th August) he achieved this goal. Not only did he join in the regular Monday social tennis session, but he also enjoyed a surprise gathering of his fellow players to celebrate with a special 90th birthday cake. His wife Marion accompanied him on the day to join in the birthday celebrations. Regular player Gerry Morgan gave a short presentation to talk about Ken’s 90th birthday ambition. “Would that we all could play at 90,” he said.
Ken has been a member of Avondale for over ten years, having played at several clubs throughout the South East. Indeed, in the 1960s, he once played at friendly game at Wimbledon, when he was a member at Woking. “I looked over onto the adjoining courts and saw John Newcombe and Rod Laver playing,” he said.
He has been enjoying playing tennis since he was 25 and celebrated his 80th birthday at Avondale too, when a cake was baked for him then. “I’ve played at a lot of clubs but this one if the friendliest and the best,” he said. He plans to keep playing on Mondays for as long as he can.
In one of the pictures below, he is seen cutting his special cake with his wife Marion. Many thanks to Linda Robson for all the arrangements to make Ken’s day special.