Must be spring! Nets went up yesterday, April 5th at Southampton Tennis Club for community use.
The Club has a long history that began in 1956 and “… word soon spread about the impressive junior tennis program in Southampton under the stewardship of Fawc Warder. As a result, more local residents and tourists from Ontario and even the United States were drawn to Ontario’s “tennis town”. The increased interest led to expansion. In 1961, five more courts were built on Lake Street, and the clubhouse was added five years later. This new location became the hub of all STC activity. By the mid-70s, six additional courts were added at a third location and fittingly christened the Warder courts. Eventually two more courts were added to this location, bringing the total number of hard-courts to 15 across three sites.”
There are lessons for every level of ability from beginners that are structured around the basic strokes and game fundamentals to intermediate/advanced players where the focus is on stroke production and singles/doubles strategy.
The season runs until Cups Day, the annual club championship that runs in August. It’s a month-long round robin that covers 40+ categories across all ages with a final match for each category played on Cups Day – the last Saturday in August before the Labour Day weekend.
From what began on grass courts, the Club now has 15 courts at two sites – Lake Street and Uptown courts at Victoria Street and Thompson Lane.
The Club has now started registering participants for the June lesson program but space is limited to meet Covid safety requirements.