Margaret Fisher 83 of Byron Bay, will captain the over-80s team at the tennis world championships at Turkey in October.
Margaret Fisher 83 of Byron Bay, will captain the over-80s team at the tennis world championships at Turkey in October. Doug Eaton

Margaret, 83, leading Aussie tennis team to overseas comp

AT AN age when many of her peers are window shopping for mobility scooters, Byron Bay's Margaret Fisher has been named captain of Australia's over 80s tennis team competing at the world championships in Turkey in October.

It will be the fourth time Mrs Fisher has competed for her country at the event, but the first time she will captain the team.

The spritely octogenarian plays tennis four times a week, including a one hour serving session with her border collie, Leo and also walks on the beach every day.

She said she was lucky to have had a family that always encouraged her in her sport, and as a school teacher and mother, she has always encouraged others.

Margaret made it all the way to Wimbledon back in 1953, where she was knocked out in the first round by USA's Barbara Davidson, who was ranked number 10 in the world at that time.

She also played in the doubles with Anne Goldsworthy.

Margaret Fisher 83 of Byron Bay, will captain the over 80s team at the tennis world championships at Turkey in October.
Margaret Fisher 83 of Byron Bay, will captain the over 80s team at the tennis world championships at Turkey in October. Doug Eaton

Margaret said it took her four years to save for the trip to Wimbledon.

"It cost £84 to get on the boat and my salary at the time was £4 a week...And I had to have a job lined up when I got there before I could go.

"But I have lovely memories," she said.

"There was all the excitement of the ball and the dinner at the end of the tournament with strawberries and cream. Just sitting in that space and we got tickets to the games and chauffeured home.

"It was quite overwhelming."

Margaret is 83 and said it was her 75 year-old brother Ian who got her back into the game, and they recently competed in the mixed doubles in the Australian championships together.

"Competition sport in my 80s has given me a purpose for being fit and strong," she said.


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