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Chris Wootton, 37-year-old UT Tyler tennis player, is living the dream


POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 11:54pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:33am

He's driven, he's dedicated, and he's 37 years old, but if you ask anyone out on the UT Tyler campus, Chris Wootton is just one of the guys, and a valued member of Patriot's tennis.

For Wootton, it's never too late to chase your dreams, whether on the tennis court, or in the classroom, but while in Tyler, he plans to help his new teammates, inside, as well as outside the lines.

"When I made mistakes people really stood behind me and they really did for me a lot of things that I couldn't do for myself, and I believe it's time for me to give back," said Wootton.

"They really look up to him and you know it's been a really good experience so far, probably the tightest knit team we've had, and he's a big reason for that," said UT Tyler head tennis coach Chris Bizot.

But don't get it twisted, Wootton isn't only on the team for moral support, he's here to compete.

"All of our workouts are designed for 19, 20 year olds and so a lot of times I'll look back and I'll think, is he gonna be able to do this and he knocks it out every time," said Bizot.

But before the ball hits the racket, it does take some time for the opposing teams to comprehend the situation,

"The usual questions that come out are, 'why do they allow their coach to play?'  'why can't we have a coach play?'" said Wootton.

The Dallas native says he has come to Tyler to better his education, and to play the game he love, but says this opportunity, to be apart of a team once again, has been more than worthwhile.

"This is a gift this is an awesome beautiful gift that I have been given on a daily basis and I get to live the dream every single day."

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