Lewis Fletcher started playing tennis at 14 years old and he quickly grew to love the game. At 17 years old Lewis went to train full time at an academy in London for 2 years. Along with this he was also fortunate to be part of the GB Deaf National Squad. This opened many doors for Lewis in terms of success, and he continues to represent Great Britain at Deaf International events to this day.
Lewis has won many medals at international events, varying from World Individual and World Team Championships and European Championships and has also represented Great Britain at three Deaflympics (Taipei 2009, Sofia 2013 and Antalya 2017). Lewis has multiple National titles to his name and had the privilege of playing in an exhibition match during the Wimbledon Championships, and playing at the prestigious grass court Wimbledon warm-up event at Edgbaston, to showcase Deaf Tennis.
His career highlights include winning the silver medal in both the Men’s and Mixed Doubles at the World Deaf Tennis Championships in Antalya, Turkey in 2019, narrowly missing out on the gold medal on both occasions. A special highlight in his career has to be winning the National Championships in singles for the first time in 2012 (and doubles) after being a finalist several times. Along with wife Catherine, they won the Bronze at the Europeans in this same year.
Lewis holds his SPC coaching qualification (Level 4 Performance) and is also a CTS (tutor). He is the Head Coach at Ramsbury Tennis Club, a role he has shared with his wife Catherine since 2006.
Through their business partnership, Tennis Xperience UK, they have produced many players from zero to hero, including many county players of various age groups and teams, with a handful progressing to national level and University Tennis in the USA. He has also had input into a player who is now in the Top 300 of the WTA Rankings. Lewis has had a big input into the National Deaf Tennis Squad in recent years, from development through to performance, alongside his wife, who is the National Deaf Coach based at the National Tennis Centre. Through these connections he was lucky enough to be able to spend a few sessions with Louis Cayer, who is currently Jamie Murray’s coach, which was perfect for Lewis since he specialises more in doubles.
When asked to be an ambassador for the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, Lewis said ‘it was an honour
to part of a trust that helped me in the past during the younger years of my tennis career. They continue to help support young deaf tennis players that I play with and coach today. To be a role model for the younger generation is a privilege.’