For “The Boys” of the Palos Verdes Tennis Club, the secret to longevity has three key ingredients: tennis, friendship and plenty of wine.

Every Thursday morning for the past 14 years, about a dozen men in their 80s and 90s have packed up their racquets and hit the court, rotating players while they play pro sets. But there are no disputes over line calls, no records kept. The Boys play for the love of the sport.

“We’re just out here to hit the ball,” said Al Hausrath, 90, a retired aerospace engineer. “You’re happy when you hit a good shot, and when you make an unforced error, you don’t worry about it.”

Some games, all four players are over 90.

Those who can’t play anymore still come to hang out after tennis at the club, where the men play Frank Sinatra, put pizzas in the oven and pop open some bottles of wine.

“We have a nice group here,” said Peter “Dutch” Ferryman, 93, a former command pilot in the Air Force. “Everybody takes care of each other and trades stories. After a while, we’ve memorized them all.”

“And embellished them,” chimed in 92-year-old Gordon Maughan, a retired doctor who has delivered 3,000 babies on the Hill. “I run into their children and their grandchildren now.”

Many of The Boys are retired engineers and doctors, and all are longtime tennis players and Palos Verdes Peninsula residents.

The group’s oldest member, 95-year-old Don Dawson, actually designed and engineered the tennis courts more than 50 years ago. He doesn’t play anymore, but Thursdays at the Tennis Club are still not to be missed.

While the men aren’t competitive, and their footwork and serves aren’t what they used to be, their camaraderie keeps them coming back to the court each week.

“It’s just something that evolved. It wasn’t planned, and it turned out to be a gift in our lives that we have Thursdays to look forward to,” said Dave King, 79. “If the tennis is lousy, that’s good — the friendship is the important factor. Of all the medications we take, this is the best one.”

In addition to weekly games and lunches, the men have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with all the trimmings. Laughter has helped them through tough times. The men have endured cancers, heart attacks, strokes and deaths together. More than a few are widowers.

“The tennis is adequate for our age, but the camaraderie is exceptional,” Ferryman said. “Everyone takes care of each other. If someone doesn’t show up, we call to find out why they’re not here.”

Unofficial group rules include not discussing politics or religion, and not cheaping out on wine. All of the men are at least in their mid-80s, though exceptions were made for a few “underage” players in their 70s.

Other regulars include Gil Beall, 86, Ron Carlson, 85, Don Culler, 85, Vic Diels, 84, Dale Grinnell, 72, Bruce Merchant, 79, Bill Smith, 90, Art Weber, 87, and Oscar Zaske, 89.

While there are other senior men’s and women’s leagues at the tennis club and individual members their age — Hausrath’s wife, Mel, plays five or six days a week at 90 — General Manager John Hall said the Palos Verdes Tennis Club has never had a group quite like The Boys.

“It really is a testament to what tennis and exercise in general will do for your life as you age,” he said. “They stay active as much as they can. They have their limitations, but they still go out there.”

The Boys, Hall said, are respected around the tennis club for their “religious” dedication.

“I’ve seen them walk across puddles to go out and hit the ball even just for a little bit,” he said. “It’s neat that they have this pride that keeps them coming out here and smiling.”

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