Simon Evans has taken on the new role of club captain at Woodbridge Tennis Club, and he couldn’t be happier to be helping out the club’s various teams. We catch up with him for a quick chat about his work.
Tell us about your role as club captain?
The role involves working with head coach Jon Mansfield to raise the opportunities and profile of playing team tennis at Woodbridge. For example, sharing up to date league tables with members, celebrating team successes and supporting team captains. To find out more, check out the Team Tennis tab on our website.
What’s your earliest memory of playing tennis?
Playing at GRE Sports and Social Club on Tuddenham Road (now Greshams). Depressingly, the tennis courts I grew up playing on have now been converted into a car park!
What do you love about Woodbridge?
The inclusive ethos and wide range of opportunities to get involved, albeit through coaching, social tennis or team tennis. The facilities are excellent, especially since the installation of the new floodlights and the refurbished pavilion.
What has been the high point of your playing career so far?
Career is a strong word!! I love the camaraderie of playing team tennis for Woodbridge, meeting new people and visiting different clubs around Suffolk.
What music are you into?
Growing up in the 1990s means that there is only one answer to this question: Britpop! (Oasis > Blur)
Who is your all-time tennis hero and why?
Tim Henman. Despite my game bearing utterly no resemblance to his, I always loved watching Tim’s diving volleys on the grass at Wimbledon. I’ve still not fully recovered from the disappointment of his semi-final defeat at Wimbledon 2001!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about playing?
Watch the ball, move your feet and never dwell on the previous point. I am yet to master the third part of that advice!
What is the best part of your game?
Probably my ground strokes – I’m at my happiest behind the baseline engaged in an epic rally!
What’s not so good?
Based on the answer to the previous question, you can probably guess my area for improvement! I need to improve my volleying and general net play – according to Jon Mansfield I spend too much time stranded in ‘no-man’s land’.
What’s your favourite film?
Almost Famous (2000) – a classic coming-of-age road movie with a fantastic soundtrack.
What do you like doing away from the court?
I am a long-suffering Ipswich Town fan – hopefully performances and results will improve this season at Portman Road.
What’s your job?
I am a Sociology and Politics teacher.
Which five people (living or dead) would be at your dream party?
As a big James Bond fan, I’m going for go for an 007-themed party with Ian Fleming, Cubby Broccoli, Harry Saltzman, Sir Sean Connery and, of course, the legendary Sir Roger Moore. A well-stocked bar would be absolutely essential!