Oxfordshire Coaches Embark on Great British Tennis Tour for Sport Relief
Four crazy Oxfordshire tennis coaches are planning to cycle over 500 miles for Sport Relief – and give tennis coaching to hundreds of children in schools, parks and clubs along the route.
Jon Maskens, Ed Isard, Josh Crossley and Ollie Carr, all members of Tennis Oxfordshire, have already written themselves into tennis folklore when they played the longest game of tennis doubles in history in 2016.
The quartet played for 60 hours and raised over £16k for Sport Relief.
This year they have an equally ambitious plan – one which sees them start in Dunblane, Scotland, the home of Britain’s greatest tennis player, Andy Murray and cycle, via various overnight destinations, to the Wimbledon All England Tennis Club.
The four will set off from Dunblane on Saturday 17 March and will then pedal their way to Lockerbie, Kendal, Stretford, Wolverhampton, Banbury and Abingdon before finally arriving at the National Tennis Centre on 23 March.
Along the way they are stopping at dozens of schools, clubs and parks to give tennis coaching to young children who might never have picked up a tennis racket before.
They will receive a particular warm welcome for their stop-over in Abingdon on Thursday 22 March when they will ride into the White Horse Tennis Centre – the home of Tennis Oxfordshire.
“We are looking forward to the challenge and being out of our comfort zone,” says Jon Maskens. “None of us cycle regularly or even owned a bike until this challenge!
“We need all the support we can get and will be tweeting with regular updates of the tour.”
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Josh, Jon, Ollie and Ed