Tom has been playing tennis since he was 5 years old. As a junior, he played in many junior LTA events. On the back of his success at these events, Tom was selected for the Lancashire county squad and represented the Ribble Valley area.
After moving to high school, Tom represented his local club and managed to steer it to several league wins. At the age of 16, after a brief hiatus, Tom returned to playing in LTA tournaments, and won the Bellingham Junior Open.
After completing high school, Tom moved to Runshaw College to do a BTEC in Sports and Exercise Sciences. At Runshaw, he was a member of the tennis academy and was named Captain of the tennis team. He guided the side to several national British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUC’s) finals and finished runners up in a national event.
Tom started tennis coaching in the summer of 2005, and attained his first qualification with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).
After completing his BTEC, he decided to undertake a BSc honors degree in Tennis at the University of Central Lancashire. During his first year, he played at number 1 seed for the team and helped guide them to 2nd place in the league. The following year Tom managed to go the whole season for the university undefeated.
Photo L – R Tom Luke, Adam Maddock, Mike Austin (c), Matt Parsons and James West.
In his final year, Tom was part of the team that won BUCs Cup (Northern Universities) for University of Central Lancashire beating Durham University 9 -1 in the final.
Whilst undertaking his degree, Tom continued with his coaching development by adding Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualifications and is now a Level 3 LTA coach. He also went on a stringing course and has continued to develop his skills and technique in stringing.
In Tom’s 2nd year at UCLAN he decided to undertake another degree, a Personal Trainer degree at Runshaw College . After achieving both degrees, Tom is now a qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer as well as holding a BSc Honours degree in Tennis.
During the summers of 2008-2011, Tom was recognised as being one of the top coaches at Windridge Tennis Camps, one of America’s top 10 Tennis Camps. During his time at the camp, he coached some of highest performance players in the USA, as well as children of a range of abilities.
Tom is currently the head tennis coach at Bradshaw Tennis Club and a coach at USN Bolton Arena (one of 4 performance centres in England).