SPEAK with Arthur Perry about tennis and his passion for the sport immediately becomes evident.
He loves the game!
As a youngster he first fell under its spell, but it was not until 1997 that he again caught the “tennis bug.”
It was at this time that the late Grant Newell rang him to be a fill-in for legendary Hamilton tennis figure Michael McGrath.
“I played three or four matches to finish the season off,” Perry told the Hamilton Spectator this week.
“I came back the following year.
“I had three singles, two doubles, one mixed doubles and a grand final over the three years.
“I went up to A grade and became president as well.
“I am always here … I just love the sport.”
Prior to the call that changed his sporting life forever, Perry had not graced the tennis court for 14 years.
“I’d been playing prior to that since I was 12 years old,” he said.
“I just sort of had enough and decided that was it, but I got the bug again.
“I love it … you cant’ keep me off the court.”
Perry is one of those special breed of people who not only play their chosen sport, but are prepared to give something back to the sport they love.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, May 24, 2014, or subscribe to our epaper at top of page.