Evelyn Schroedl was the occasional social tennis player, never playing it as an organized sport. When she retired at age 63, she decided she wanted to play tennis more often and took her first lesson at a local college. That was 32 years ago. She loved it, and later joined USTA League Tennis.
At 95-years-old, Schroedl is currently playing on Mixed 18 & Over and Mixed 40 & Over USTA League teams in Baltimore, Md. She plays mixed doubles so she can play with the men.
“They hit the ball harder,” which Schroedl likes.
Schroedl is a great role model and a character. Her teammates say she’s a lot of fun to play with and always has a good attitude, which makes her popular among other teams too.
“The reactions of the other teams surprise me,” says Theodore Santos, Schroedl’s 47-year-old doubles partner on her 18 & Over team. “Even the ones we lose to want to take pictures with her. They say she’s an inspiration.”
Her 18 & Over team won their local league and recently competed at Maryland’s Mixed District Championships. At the tournament Schroedl and Santos lost their match 6-4 6-3. Her 40 & Over team also won their local league, and will be attending Mid-Atlantic’s Sectional Championships in September. Schroedl will turn 96 two weeks after Sectionals.
Schroedl was married for 56 years until the passing of her husband in 1994. She has no children, but has lots of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and even great-great nieces and nephews. She has a sister living in Woodbine, Md., who is 104. The sisters don’t contribute their good health to genes. They say their most important attribute is ATTITUDE.
Some of Schroedl's other hobbies include watercolor painting and traveling all over the world. She said the most she ever received for a painting was $200.00, and that’s because it was stolen and the gallery where it was being shown had insurance.
Schroedl lives in a retirement community, and although there are no courts in the community, there are two courts close by. A group of men who are in their 80’s play tennis every Monday and Friday morning and Schroedl has become a regular competitor in their games.
On June 22 she left on her 42nd Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) trip. This time to the tennis matches at Wimbledon.