Lloyd lobbed another tennis honour
TENNIS: Lloyd Pitt was sidelined from his beloved sport three years ago, but he has not missed a single match of Bundaberg Seniors Tennis.
Mr Pitt, 83, gave away the racquet after a successful battle with bowel cancer three years ago and is now a permanent fixture of the Bundaberg Tennis courts grandstand.
“I just go and give them cheek now,” he said.
“I criticise them for missing the ball and generally stir them up.
“They’ve all got thick skins and this way I don’t get belted all over the court anymore.”
On Sunday, Mr Pitt received a honorary life membership for the Bundaberg Seniors Tennis Club, which he will add to his Bundaberg and District Tennis Association and Bundaberg Junior Association life memberships.
The trifecta of awards has been earned through Mr Pitt’s 75-year association with the sport.
Mr Pitt moved to Bundaberg in 1933 at six years of age and played tennis three times a week until he retired three years ago.
He said he preferred the social orientation of doubles tennis to single matches.
“Doubles tennis is the game for me,” he laughed.
“There’s someone else to do all the hard work and to blame if the game gets away from you.”
While Mr Pitt criticised the Bundaberg Senior Tennis Club for embarrassing him publicly, he said he will continue to frequent the grandstand for weekly match-ups.
“I love the game,” he said.
“It’s been a huge part of my life and I enjoy simply being around it.
“It’s a good social game where you can meet nice people and have a yarn.”