Friendly foursome takes swing at doubles tennis at senior games

Friday, June 20, 2014 | 6:54 p.m. CDT; updated 12:29 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 25, 2014
A friendly foursome who have played tennis together for years, both as partners and opponents, faced off in a doubles match at the Missouri State Senior Games on Friday.

COLUMBIA – Four friends walked onto the court with duffel bags, water, sweat rags and purses in hand, took to the player's benches and prepared to face off.

The foursome played a friendly match under the hot sun. Judy McGaugh, Laura Baetz, Sherry O'Donnell and Micheline Palusci have played together in a tennis league in St. Louis for several years. A few of the women participate in the United States Tennis Association.

"We always play together," O'Donnell began, " but sometimes as partners and sometimes as opponents."

The duos were at Cosmo-Bethel Park on Friday afternoon to compete in the  Missouri State Senior Games. The women were one of the first groups to show up to play in the doubles matches, which began at 1 p.m. Friday.

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Supervising editor is Samuel Hardiman.

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