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FOR THE RECORD
September 05, 2011
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September 05, 2011

For The Record

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At age 90, of complications from a series of strokes, legendary table tennis champion George Hendry. A versatile athlete as a child, Hendry was instructed in what became his best sport by Bill Price, the same man who taught Jimmy Connors to play tennis. Hendry won his first national junior title at age 14 and later became America's top-ranked doubles and No. 2 singles player, appearing on Wheaties boxes and performing before thousands on U.S. trick-shot tours. In 1952, at age 32, Hendry gave up table tennis to focus on his accounting business, but he returned to the sport 24 years later. In his career's second leg he won 35 national seniors titles, including the 1990 world over-70 championship and, last year, the over-80 title.

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