Tennis Year-Round

Philippe Oille (left), president of Southwestern Ontario Region for Rogers Communications and Michael Downey, president and CEO, Tennis Canada, at the Ancaster Tennis Club, Hamilton, Ont. 
Photo: Peter Power/Tennis Canada

With only 750 publicly accessible, covered tennis courts across the country (that’s only one year-round court for every 50,000 people), Tennis Canada is on a mission to get people playing 365 days a year. The organization recently entered a seven-year partnership with Rogers Communications to build 160 new year-round courts at up to 30 facilities countrywide by 2029, at a cost of $5.6 million. The municipalities of Hamilton (Ancaster) and Markham, Ont., Waterloo, Que., and Calgary, Alta., are the first to get air-supported covers, or bubbles, which will collectively increase court time opportunities in these communities by roughly 15,000 hours during the harsh winter months.

Originally published in the ADRENALIN Spring 2022 issue.

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