All Canadians from across the country are encouraged to pick up a racquet and try the sport of tennis as the first-ever Tennis Day in Canada is launched on Saturday May 13. Supported by Tennis Canada, the Provincial Tennis Associations, and the Tennis Professionals Association, Tennis Day in Canada will be a national festival for the sport and make tennis more accessible than ever with over 150 clubs offering free courts and programming.
People of all ages, experience, and ability can take part on May 13 whether they have never hit a tennis ball before or they play regularly. With free activities run by TPA-certified coaches and equipment provided, it will never be easier for Canadians to try the sport for the first time, learn just how fun it can be, and reap the social, physical, and mental benefits of playing tennis. A complete listing of participating clubs from 11 provinces and territories can be found at tennisdayincanada.com, where interested individuals, families, and friends can find a location near them. New locations will be added up to May 13, with over 150 clubs signed up to take part in Canada’s 150th anniversary year.
Tennis Day in Canada is not limited to clubs however, as the day is about celebrating the sport and getting involved by playing tennis. Whether it’s popping by a local public court with your friend, setting up a mini-tennis net on a driveway, or playing against a wall, Canadians are invited to simply get out and play.
“The health, social, and overall benefits of playing tennis are immense and we are really seeking to share our sport and these positive benefits by bringing together as many people as we can on Tennis Day in Canada,” said Hatem McDadi, senior vice-president of tennis development, Tennis Canada. “To have 150 clubs participating on the day is incredible for our first year, and it is great to see the Canadian tennis community really engaging with each other. We hope to welcome many people who have never played tennis before on May 13. Tennis truly is a fun, safe, affordable, accessible sport for life and we can’t wait to see everyone out playing.”
Not only will Tennis Day in Canada participants enjoy a fun-filled day of tennis, but they will also have a chance to win a trip to Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto or Montreal by sharing their experience on social media with the hashtag #TennisDay. Full details of the contest will be announced closer to the date.
The goal of Tennis Day in Canada is to introduce more people to the sport and celebrate the growing tennis community. Tennis has been on the rise in Canada for the past several years, with a 2016 study conducted by Charlton Insights showing that 6.5 million Canadians played tennis at least once in the past year, an increase of 14 per cent from 2015. On the high performance front, Canadians have put forth many remarkable recent performances, such as Milos Raonic reaching a career-high world No. 3 ranking last year and Canadian juniors winning three Grand Slam titles in the past 12 months.
For more information on Tennis Day in Canada and a complete listing of participating clubs, please visit tennisdayincanada.com.