Public Courts Program
The City of Thunder Bay maintains a number of pubic tennis courts. Play on these courts is free of charge on a first come first serve basis. Although the courts are not supervised, players are asked to show courtesy and respect the right of waiting players to enjoy time on the courts. There are tennis facilities at Volunteer Pool, Hammarskjold High School, South Neebing Park, Oliver Road Community Centre and the Westfort Playfield.
Instruction for junior tennis players is offered on many of Thunder Bay's public courts. Qualified instructors will help children ages 8 -16 learn to play the sport of tennis and/or improve their existing skills. The cost for the program is $40 per child or $100 per family per session. The focus of these clinics is to give the beginner or novice junior player an introduction (or re-introduction) to the game. Basic stroke production beginning with the forehand, backhand, serve and volley will be taught. Lessons then progress to the basic skills of match play including rules and strategy. Emphasis will be placed on fun, sportsmanship and skill development. The two court instructional period includes one hour of instruction followed by one hour of organized games focusing on skill usage and/or match play. Of course all participants are encouraged to stay after the formal lesson time is completed to practise what they have learned and to have fun. This period of time is not supervised.
The program winds up with an invitation to the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre for a couple hours of fun on the tennis courts that have witnessed some of Canada's best players compete for over $10,000 of prize money.