89 love for Duston tennis club’s oldest player

Cyril Yuill
Cyril Yuill

A tennis player who still takes to the court at the age of nearly 90, has been given a special presentation by other members at his club.

Cyril Yuill, from Weston Favell, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday this year, has been a loyal member of Duston United Tennis Club for decades and has played there at least twice a week for more than half his life.

Fellow club member and friend, Michael York, said: “Cyril has been playing tennis since he was a teenager and has been in the club for at least 50 years.”

Even after his wife, Eunice, passed away, Cyril continued to make the journey across town to give coaching advice at the club and play the occasional game. Club manager, head coach and professional tennis player, David Barr, said: “Cyril has always been a very respected guy.

“He is well known among the local community for always giving coaching help free of charge, almost as long as the club has 
been around.”

In return for all his hard work, Cyril was awarded honourary membership to the club in 1999 and friends said he had definitely 
made the most of it.

Mr Barr added: “He comes along at least twice a week and says that, as long as he has his health, he won’t be giving up any time soon.

“His personal goal was always to be the oldest member of the club and he has certainly achieved that.

“Cyril may not be as hot on his feet as he was, but he will still give anyone, including myself, a decent game.”

“It was a bit early but we wanted to celebrate his birthday on Sunday to coincide with the new season and to take advantage of the 
sunny weather.

“We had a special tennis court-shaped cake made for him and about 40 people turned up, including the now grown-up, members of the junior club he set up and ran for many years.

“It was a complete surprise for him and he was a little taken aback at first, he would have never let us make such a fuss.”