Meet the Pros at the Carleton Tennis Centre

Our Staff

Rachel Cruickshank

Tennis Coach

Rachel is Tennis Canada Club Pro 1 certified and has been coaching for the past 7 years. She attended Central Florida College on a full tennis scholarship playing number 1 singles and doubles for most of her college career. She has played provincial, national, and international tournaments throughout her junior and adult career. She has won over 10 Ottawa city championship titles in singles and doubles combined. In 2013 she reached a career high ranking of 15 in Canada, and was consistently in the top 20 over the past few years. Currently Rachel competes on the International Tennis Federation Professional Circuit (ITF) in tournaments world wide.

Javier Ruano Valdez

Tennis Coach

Javier came to Carleton from Montreal, and has been coaching in Canada for since 2009, a native of Mexico. He works with players of all levels, both youth and adult. Working at resorts has given him experience in teaching every type of class and high performance development. 


Professional Qualifications

  • USPTA Professional 2


Coaching Involvement

  • Camp Director in Cote St. Luc Tennis Club in Montreal

  • High Performance in Cote De Liesse

  • 13 years of coaching private and group lessons at resorts


Player Development Involvement

  • Coached two state champions in Oaxaca, Mexico


Player Highlights

  • College player for the University of Colima in Mexico

  • AMTP Professional Player

  • State Junior Champion in Colima, Mexico

Chris Field

Tennis Coach

Chris is a Toronto native who recently moved with his family to Ottawa. As a player, Chris has been ranked nationally both in Canada and the United States. He was appointed Captain to the top 10 nationally ranked Varsity Tennis Team during his senior year at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida. After graduating with a BBA in Sports Administration, he travelled and taught tennis in Toronto, the US and Australia.  Chris is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of coaching experience on and off the court. In Toronto, he was the Director of Tennis at Moore Park TC, held an 8 year tenure as the Head Tennis Pro of Davisville Tennis Club, as well as developed teams, players and programs for the Fitness Institute, Mayfair Lakeshore, Ace Toronto and Kew Gardens Tennis Club (Head Pro). Chris is currently the Junior Tennis Director of Development for the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (2019).


Chris recently was also the Head Varsity Tennis Coach at York University from 2014 - 2018. In 2015 and 2016 his teams were crowned National Champions. In 2015 Coach Field earned the Women’s Coach Of The Year Award from Ontario University Athletics and in 2016 he was awarded the Coaching Excellence Award from Tennis Canada. His Womens Tennis team went undefeated in the regular season for 4 straight years.


Having an extensive background as a Junior Program Director and Performance Coach in Toronto and Miami, he enjoys working with adults and kids of all levels, from beginners to internationally ranked players. He is only one of a few tennis professionals in Canada to be a Certified International Professional (PTR) and Certified USTPA Professional, and he brings a high standard of coaching excellence to our Centre.


"Understanding the value of each student's time, ability, and desire to improve is clear to me. Being an experienced tennis coach, I can honestly say that I come prepared for each lesson or clinic I teach, whether it is a 6-year old, an adult struggling to improve their game, or a competitive junior player looking to take their game to the next level. I love to teach tennis, connect with my students and encourage new and experienced players alike to strive for their personal best.”

~ Chris Field

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