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Game, set, match at 90

MAGALIESSIG - A PASSION for her sport, that’s what keeps Renèe Hardy of Merrow Down Country Club keeping strong and fit at the tender age of 90.

Every Saturday morning at 7.30 sharp, you’ll be able to watch Hardy doing what she loves most, playing tennis on the club’s courts. Not only is she the longest standing member of the club’s ladies tennis team, she was also a founder member when the club opened 28 years ago.

Originally a businesswoman from Illovo, Hardy moved to the live at the country club after the passing of her beloved husband, Raymond. “When I first came here, there was just veld with khakibos,” Hardy recalls the early 80s Fourways area.

“I began helping out with landscaping and the gardening, I tagged all the trees – the ones that needed to be bulldozed and those that had to be left as they were. The local landscaper learned I was tootling around the plants regularly and eventually asked to continue maintaining the gardens.”

As for her love of tennis, she had always made sure she was close to the courts. “We had a tennis court at home while my children were growing up, my husband and I rolled and marked it every Sunday. We played together quite a lot as a family.”

Not merely just a tennis player, Hardy also has a strong affinity for golf which developed when her late husband joined Country Club Johannesburg. “We regularly played nine holes in the late afternoon, which helped us to relax away from our professional lives. I still play the occasional game with my grandsons and the golf club also has an annual trophy event created by all the friends that Raymond used to play with, in his honour. I chose the trophy cup and had it decorated with an eagle emblem, as my husband was a big lover of wildlife.”

A fellow member of Hardy’s ladies tennis team, Mary Hanna (who is also the chairperson of the Magaliessig Action Forum), said she would like to wish Hardy a wonderful birthday.

“Renèe turns 90-years-young on Wednesday [20 May] and still plays a very fine game of tennis,” said Hanna. “We, the members of the tennis team, would like to recognise her achievements and let her know that we take pride in having her as a member.”

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