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Artin Elmayan World’s Oldest Professional Tennis Player

Armenian-born Artin Elmayan lives and breathes tennis, playing the sport  three times a week to stay fit and healthy.

The sports fan is the oldest of a group of 39 men in the ITF’s over-85  ranking, however Elmayan is the only player born before 1920.

‘Eighty-five plus, because there isn’t anyone who’s 90, much less 95. So I  have to play against 85-year-olds,’ explained the pensioner, who trains in River  Plate, Argentina.

‘I do all right, sometimes I take second place. Last year I won second place  twice. It depends on the state of my opponent, and my own. There are no enigmas  here.’

Elmayan, who emigrated to Argentina in 1938, travels from the suburbs to the  Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires three times a week to practice the hobby he  has played almost all his life.

‘If my body and feet allow it, I’m not going to sit still. As far as  stretching, I take the train and walk from the station to here. When I get here  I’ve already loosened up,’ said the track suited OAP.

‘First there is eating and then comes tennis,’ he adds. ‘It is part of my  life to stay in shape in every way.

‘Tennis makes you breathe oxygen, keeps your body in shape, keeps you from  getting a belly, or getting fat, helps fight cholesterol problems and  everything,” he said.

‘Now, if you stop coming, if I go two months without playing, I’ll get a  belly.’

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