From overcome breast cancer to become inspirational tennis

Ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, we are using LTA channels to celebrate some of the incredible women in our sport, giving them the opportunity to share their history and passion for tennis.

Tennis and sport in general have the ability to change lives, a message certainly not lost in Essex-based tennis coach and LTA She Rallies activator Jo Stehle.

As someone who came to the sport later than most breast cancer treatments, Jo has turned Thurrock Tennis Club into a thriving place that welcomes players from far and wide.

With the support of her family, Jo is now dedicated to helping more people play tennis. We caught up with her to learn more about her motivations and how she is making a difference in the community.

“To be honest, I often think that if I had never had breast cancer, I would not have discovered tennis.”

“I started tennis very late – it has always interested me from watching Wimbledon as a kid, but I don’t think it was as accessible then as it is now, ”says Jo.

“Where I lived there were no tennis clubs nearby, you just went to play in the …

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