You know it’s summer when there’s a cool, gentle breeze and the outdoor tennis courts are in full swing. Since winter tennis club memberships are not affordable on a writer’s salary, it’s a sport I reserve strictly for warmer months. All winter I’m practically chomping at the bit to get out there and start whacking the ball. It’s stress relieving and forces me to move my feet for some solid interval training, one of the best workouts you can get. I went out for my first time this season with my Dad and got back into the swing of things!
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m a member at Tuxedo Tennis Club. I don’t join in the team tennis or doubles nights or anything, but as a member I love the bi-weekly group tennis clinics held by the tennis pro, Roland. Although, lately it seems like he’s passing on the torch to some younger pros while he focuses on private lessons. Regardless, the instruction at these clinics is awesome and has helped me pick up the game quickly. Lessons are pricey, so having this feature thrown into the membership is a great cost-saver. Adult membership is $175, but if you team up with family the price goes down significantly — $85 for a second family member and only another $15 any additional members. Gone on holiday for most of summer? You can still pick up a monthly membership for $60. Students are $85 and juniors under 18 are $70. Consider all the programming, the nice clubhouse, the well-maintained courts and the clinics and it’s pretty good deal.
The brilliant thing about tennis is that if you’re not totally sure about your fanaticism for the sport, then you can always play at one of the many free public courts out there. My favourite courts are located behind Mona Lisa/Domino’s Pizza on Corydon. The surface is smooth (as of last summer), and the nets and fence is in good condition. There are three of them and while there are often people there, there is also often an empty court. Where do you like to play tennis in the city?
Another cost to factor in: rackets! They come in a range of prices at sports stores. Scope out garage sales or kijiji for some bargains too, or just borrow a friend’s. I’ve got two extra ones kicking around in my closet that I lend out frequently.
I’ll wrap it up with a link to an awesome 30% off sale on Prince tennis gear (my current racket of choice!) on at amazon.ca right now. Orders over $25 receive free shipping.