On Monday, Tennis Nova Scotia announced the official opening of the Atlantic Tennis Centre, a state of the art tennis facility designed to bring the game of tennis to more people in the region and to create a place where players of all levels and abilities can come together and enjoy the sport with access to modern equipment, top coaching, and quality programming from grassroots to high performance.
The facility has become a reality with the support of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the Government of Canada as well as lead private donor and local tennis supporter Jean MacPherson, Tennis Canada and Dexter Construction.
Designed by local architecture firm A49, the facility features an existing dome covering six clay courts, six new permanent indoor international standard hard courts, six additional outdoor hard courts and three pickleball courts, all which have an Australian Open inspired blue court design.
“The Atlantic Tennis Centre is an important part of Tennis Canada’s mission to lead the growth of tennis across the country,” stated Jennifer Bishop, Chair of the Board at Tennis Canada. “Support for regional centres and local talent is critical to the development of players at all levels, and particularly to our next generation of tennis champions. Nova Scotia has moved Canada one step closer to becoming a world-leading tennis nation. It’s great to see our financial contribution coming to life for the benefit of east coast tennis.”
Tennis Nova Scotia has expanded and now has a community tennis facility that will serve as a hub to grow the sport of tennis across the province, while also serving as a provincial training centre. The new Centre will also boost economic opportunities in the city, province and region through tournament and event hosting and youth employment.
Tennis Nova Scotia serves the continuum of tennis and multi-sport participants from child and youth, adult, seniors, players with disabilities and high performance. Since COVID, the sport of tennis has seen a dramatic increase in popularity as a sport that can be played safely within the social distancing guidelines.
As part of Tennis Nova Scotia, the Atlantic Tennis Centre will partner with tennis facilities across the province and region to offer tennis events, training and programming. Players can walk through the doors and experience the ATC and Tennis Nova Scotia will continue do outreach and create virtual learning opportunities, such as clinics and instruction and live streaming of events across the province.