It was a sad coincidence that two longtime friends, Larry Christmas and Carl Subak, died within weeks of one another. Larry and Carl maintained a friendship and a vigorous tennis competition with one another over many years despite a nearly 20-year age difference. I came to know both through tennis and marveled at Carl’s tenacity, which belied his elderly status. Larry used to joke that they had moved beyond tennis and were perfecting the game of geriatric survival. The tennis players who follow behind them can only hope to emulate Carl’s longevity and their mutual friendship. Oak Park will miss both, as will the local tennis community.

Ed Solan
Oak Park

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