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Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre

Hours of Operation:
May and September 10:00am - 9:00pm
June - August 9:00am - 10:00pm
Head Pro: Jamie Grieve USPTA Pro 1

 

Gear

Rackets

Rackets range in price from under $50.00 to well over $300.00.  There are many brands of rackets to choose from with each manufacturer producing rackets of varying quality levels.  Beginners should choose a racket that feels comfortable in their hand and at a price range they are comfortable with.  Most tennis players will own a number of different rackets over the course of their playing career.  Because of their affordability, making racket changes as one's ability level improves is an easy transition.

 

Balls

There are several brands of tennis balls, but to the beginner, they are essentially all the same.  Prices range from $3.00 to $6.00 per tin of three balls and can be purchased at most department or sporting goods stores as well as at the Tennis Centre.  Tennis balls are sold in pressurized cans.  Once opened, they lose their bounce over time.  Recently, tennis ball manufacturers have begun making balls the are not "regulation" but have bounce characteristics that make playing the sport more enjoyable.  Come see our Staff if you are a beginner and we can help you choose balls best suited to your ability level.

 

Shoes

Non marking soles on tennis shoes are a requirement at the Tennis Centre and at the vast majority of other tennis facilities.  The side to side movement and the abrupt stops and starts of tennis movement can be a problem if the soles of a player's shoes leave "skid marks" on the court.  Appropriate tennis shoes can be found at most sporting goods shops, and our Pro Shop can custom order a wide range of tennis shoes.