Meet the NOLTC Members: Rachel Tucker

16 September 2020, by Chrissie Martin

Our next profile focuses on someone who spends a lot of time at the club as a coach, and is always on court at the weekends with our tiniest members. Our youngest players couldn’t have a better introduction to the sport.


Tell us about your tennis life

I started playing tennis when I was 6-years-old in a very small club in London, then transferred over to Iver Heath. Through my playing career I trained at Gerard’s Cross and Chesham Bois then moved to Oxfordshire where I played at Banbury then to North Oxford.

What does your role at the club involve?

My role at the club requires me to coach on court with children from 4-years-old up to adults, of various standards.

What is the best thing about NOLTC?

The best thing about North Oxford is the Summer term when the club becomes busy and you can’t beat playing in the sunshine. Also all the conversations with the members –  I love the chat!

What other sports do you play?

The gym has become a big part of my weekly routine, I train 3 times a week and really enjoy it. For me, it’s the best way to release and the results feel great

What was your favourite film as a child?

I loved The Lion King. It was the first ever film I saw at the cinema, and I still cry watching it now!

Starter or dessert?

It has to be dessert. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream all day,  every day.

If you were in a band, what instrument would you play? 

My choice of instrument would be guitar. I had a few lessons when I was younger and I own an electric guitar. I haven’t played it for years but it makes a good ornament

What bones have you broken?

My arms, my fingers, and I’ve cracked my skull twice. Ouch!

What do you wish for the future of NOLTC?

I wish for the club to continue to expand its membership and coaching programme. I love being part of a club that makes you feel welcome.

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