AT 78, Fay Jones may never get to play in the most famous grasscourt tournament, Wimbledon.
But that's not to say she hasn't had plenty of serious grasscourt preparation.
"My husband Lynton [aged 84] and I play lawn tennis Monday mornings and Saturday afternoons at Beecroft Lawn Tennis Club," Mrs Jones of West Pennant Hills said.
"There'd be maybe 20 of us over 70 who come here for the grass courts — they're better on your body and joints.
"About a dozen of us are from The Hills."
Club president Geoff Childs said some members were in their 80s.
"We have an active social set," he said. "Our point of difference is our courts . . . we're one of only six [clubs] in the Sydney metro area with grass courts."
The Beecroft club has three lawn and two synthetic-grass courts.
"We treasure those courts," Mrs Jones said.
So it was love all when Hornsby Council and the 118-year-old club recently opted to split the costs of an upgrade.
"Aesthetically it's a lot more pleasing, while it's also solved a safety issue because people could injure themselves before this work was done," Mr Childs, 59, said in reference to a retaining wall and fence they built together.
The council's share of the money came from rent paid by its tennis clubs, a deal open to all tennis clubs that manage courts under a lease arrangement with the council.
Hills District Tennis Association received funding for court fencing.
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