24 May 2020, by Chrissie Martin
The response to these profiles so far has been very positive. Thank you for taking the time to read them and get in touch. We wanted to introduce Chris Hampton next – our Head Coach and recipient of Oxfordshire LTA’s 2019 Coach of the Year County Award.
Tell us about your tennis life
I started playing tennis aged 8 or 9 with my grandfather, who was an ex-Derbyshire veteran. And the rest, as they say, is history.
What does your role on the committee involve?
I am the Head Coach at the club, and my role on the committee is all about working together to help deliver the best coaching programme we can to all our players and club members.
What’s the best thing about NOLTC?
Nothing beats North Oxford LTC, especially those summer club nights when the club is jam-packed with players using the grass courts and the occasional flyby from the hot air balloons. I have been lucky to be the Head Coach for 12 years.
What other sports do you enjoy?
I enjoy all sports, but football is my (other) favourite and my team, now that they are good again, is Leeds Utd. I used to be a good player and played central midfield. I was the engine room of the Witney Viking’s team.
What was the last film you saw?
The Godfather. Again!. I love that film.
What is your signature dish?
A roast dinner. Like playing tennis, it’s all in the timing.
What was the last gig you went to?
Oasis in Cardiff. It was a messy all-day affair. I can’t remember much about it, though.
Who is the most famous person you’ve met?
Sir Trevor MacDonald in a lift at Heathrow Airport. I had been coaching his son and wife when I was a tennis coach working a summer season for Mark Warner in Italy. I was introduced to him and what struck me the most was he had legs!. I was so used to seeing him behind a table.