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Mushines, 84, ready for 35th annual Tahoe Tennis Classic

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — Dominic Mushines isn't worried about playing men half his age and then some. There's something to be said for experience.

That's what the 84-year-old will be counting on when he takes to the courts this week for the 35th annual Tahoe Tennis Classic at Zephyr Cove Tennis Club.

The tournament runs July 26-29. There is no fee to watch.

"I'm not nervous at all. I've outgrown that," the Genoa Lakes resident said. "I will go do the best I can and have fun."

He is partnering with Ross Rittiman, of Zephyr Cove. They'll be playing in the 140-plus division. Together their ages have to be at least 140.

While Mushines admits he's lost a step, he knows patience and experience can give him an edge. He's hoping Rittiman will bring the speed.

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In the four-day event, Mushines and Rittiman are guaranteed two matches — just like the other 140-plus competitors.

With the temperature supposed to be in the 80s this week, but Mushines isn't worried about the heat affecting him because he spends half the year in Palm Springs.

The Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation is responsible for everything tennis related at the Douglas County-owned park. The tournament is the main fundraiser for the foundation.

For more information, visit http://www.zctennis.com/tahoe-classic-tournament.