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At 88, Saul Snyder Keeps Getting Better With Age
The San Diego District Tennis Association was established in 1973 to serve the tennis community by providing activities, programs, sanctioned tournaments and leagues in San Diego county. The SDDTA is the local affiliate of the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) and the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
The older he gets, the better Saul Snyder seems to play.
Entered in his first tournament in more than a year, San Diego’s Snyder won the 85-and-over division at the USTA Southern California Super Sectionals on Wednesday at Great Park in Irvine.
The 88-year-old top-seeded Snyder rolled over No. 2 Seymour Moskowitz of Indian Wells, 6-2, 6-1, in the final after dispatching Jerry Robinson of San Juan Capistrano, 6-4, 6-0, in the first round.
“I have won against him before, but there have been times when he’s had match points against me,” said Snyder, who turns 89 in September, of Moskowitz. “He’s a tough little player and today wasn’t his day.”
Modesty and humility run deep with Snyder, who didn’t pick up senior-age tournament tennis until his 60s.
“Prior to that I had just played USTA League tennis or social tennis,” Snyder said. “I had a friend tell me, ‘You’re much better than you think you are.' “