had been playing


Senior Member
Good morning, everyone.

Calvin Coolidge easily won election in 1924. Historians believe he could have won another term, too, in 1928. But Coolidge chose not to seek office.
Some believed he was too saddened by the death of his teenaged son. Shortly after Coolidge became president, the boy had been playing tennis and slightly wounded his toe.

Source: VOA Learning English - America's Presidents - Calvin Coolidge: Silent

Does the bolded expression mean "play regularly" in this context?
  • Back