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#ThisIsMyYear to Take up Tennin

#ThisIsMyYear to Take up Tennis

I didn’t grow up with a tennis racket in my hand. I had played competitive soccer from an early age and when I gave that up I spent a year away from sports in general, but the need for activity and the thrill of competition drew me back. I wound up getting into tennis in a big way, up until then I had played the sport very occasionally during the summertime, and not very well at that. I trained hard and made the University of Alberta varsity tennis team, which was a fantastic experience; once I graduated I moved to Vancouver and needed to find a new circle to continue playing the sport I had grown to love. Tennis is a social sport, and developing players need a group of players to practice and improve with. I searched for local tournaments on TennisBC’s website and headed to the courts to watch some play and mingle with other people who enjoyed the sport as much as I did. Most tournaments have competitors starting at about a 3.0 NTRP level which is far from the pros, so don’t be intimidated, advanced recreational players are out there to have fun, just like you.
Vancouver Tennis League at QE Park

Vancouver Tennis League at QE Park

With the flourishing of social media, everyone can find an internet-niche for themselves. There is a healthy and active online community devoted to the recreational tennis player in Vancouver. The internet is a great resource to find where to play, people to hit with, and generally share stories and experiences related to tennis. Check out the Vancouver Tennis League on meetup.com or the homegrown TennisFairPlay site to get connected with local players.
Drop-In Session at UBC

Drop-In Session at UBC

Players of any caliber can stand to take a lesson from a coach, but if you’re just starting out they are absolutely necessary to progress. Once you are taught a few of the basics of the game properly, you’ll find your trip to the courts much more rewarding and fun. The UBC Tennis Centre and North Vancouver Tennis Centre are two awesome public facilities that host group and private lessons taught by Tennis Canada certified instructors. These facilities are both indoor, so you can work on your game in any season. When I came to Vancouver, I got a job at the best tennis store in the city. While I don’t suggest you change careers to get into the sport, you should pay a visit to a shop with a good reputation. Our guys love to talk about the sport and will have lots of good advice about where to start. Ask them if the racket you borrowed from your uncle needs a restring or if it suits your rookie game. Be honest about your abilities and the staff will give you the best advice possible. We want you to be successful and happy so you stay with the game for a long time.
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