Homestead names tennis courts after club fixture, 92-year-old Chuck Wittig

Chuck Wittig was surrounded by fans after cutting the ribbon on the freshly resurfaced tennis courts dedicated in his honor.
Chuck Wittig was surrounded by fans after cutting the ribbon on the freshly resurfaced tennis courts dedicated in his honor.

At 92, Chuck Wittig’s tennis game perhaps isn’t as sharp as it once was. But that hasn’t stopped Wittig from making Homestead Country Club a part of his daily routine. In fact, for the past 43 years, Wittig has been a fixture around the club’s tennis courts.

“He has his routine,” said club manager Brian Collins. “He comes and says hello to everybody at the club, the staff, then goes to work out. Five days a week.”

On Sunday, the club ensured that Wittig will continue to be a presence on the courts for years to come.

A few months ago, Homestead members and tennis pro Susan Langford began organizing an effort to have a set of four courts resurfaced and renamed in Wittig’s honor. The group surprised the unwitting Wittig Sunday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the unveiling of a portrait of Wittig that will be displayed in the pro shop. Vicki Olson, a tennis player who helped spearhead the effort, said more than 60 people donated money to the resurfacing project.

At the ceremony Sunday, the bleachers adjacent to the refinished courts were packed with members of the group informally known as “Chuck’s Chicks” — women who played in tennis groups where Wittig would volunteer as a sub.

“He would come by any time we were playing and see if anyone needed a sub, or wanted to hit,” Olson said. “His big thing was he would always say ‘I got it, I got it, I got it,’ as he was running toward the ball.”

On Sunday, with glasses of champagne in hand, dozens of Chuck’s Chicks and other supporters toasted Wittig chanting “I got it, I got it, I got it.”

Wittig grinned.

“I don’t say that anymore,” he said. “Now I say, ‘That one’s yours!'”

A portrait of Wittig will be displayed in the Homestead pro shop.
A portrait of Wittig will be displayed in the Homestead pro shop.