September 8th 2014


An Army Reservist has batted her way to the top of two military tennis championships with only a few weeks training.

Lieutenant Preet Chandi, aged 25, is currently serving with 222 Medical Squadron in Derby and works full time as a Physiotherapist in her civilian career at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Preet previously played tennis as a child but has found herself off the court for a number of years due to other commitments. With two military tennis championships on the horizon, and her unit understanding she used to play the sport to a good standard, she was asked if she would consider representing the Army Reserve in the competition.

Reflecting on her achievements Preet, who lives in Nottingham, said: “My training Major persuaded me to enter the Army Tennis Championships in Aldershot, but I was quite nervous as I hadn’t played for a few years.

“With only a few weeks to train, I joined my local tennis club and had a few lessons in the mornings before work. Being new to Army tennis, I met a lot of new people who were keen to watch me play. I went on to win the Army Tennis Championships this July and was then consequently asked to represent the Army in the Inter-service Championships playing against the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force at Wimbledon!

“I was honoured to be able to play tennis at Wimbledon and can’t believe that we (the Army team) won each of our singles matches at such a famous venue. When it was announced we had won the Inter-service Championships it was amazing – a feeling I will never forget.”

Preet joined the Army Reserve in 2008 because she wanted to do something different in her spare time and enjoys activities that are both mentally and physically challenging.

Both of the championships took place between July and August 2014, meaning Preet won two trophies within a month.