Tanner’s Top 10: My 10 Favourite Places to Play Tennis in Niagara

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In our first installment of Tanner’s top 10 the 15 year-old tennis ace lets us in on his favourite places to play tennis in Niagara

Hi! My name is Tanner and I’m a 15-year-old who enjoys playing tennis.
My Dad and I make top 10 lists. It’s understandable at my age but my Dad’s still a bit immature. Our goal is to create a website and publish them. Apparently it’s a bonding opportunity for the two of us.
Our lists are about our favourite things, so they are based solely on opinion and can change at any time. The lists range from our favorite bands, athletes, sports franchises, Canadians and other important social topics.
The very first list that we came up with was the Top 10 Places to Play Tennis in Niagara. We moved here a few years ago from Toronto and we’ve enjoyed sampling the best tennis that Niagara has to offer. We have some biases, such as 4 courts are better than 2 courts and a proper tennis surface is better than cracked concrete with weeds growing through.
Here’s the list. Feel free to comment on our list or better yet, provide your own list. No need to get your backhand in a slice about it. 
#10. BAC (Ball Hockey) – the old St. Catharines Tennis Club has three somewhat rundown clay courts. If rumours of a major refurbishment is true, these courts will fly back up the list.

#9. Pelham – a hidden gem in the heart of Fenwick. A few cracks in the surface prevent these courts from being rated much higher.

#8. St. David’s – beautiful setting, recently rebuilt. Would be right near the top if there were four courts.

#7. Young’s Sportsplex, Welland – very nice indoor courts within a soccer facility. Lacking a bit of tennis ambience and you can almost feel the debt.

#6. NOTL TC – a vibrant club in the middle of a beautiful park. No clubhouse but a nice gazebo.

#5. Grimsby – Nice courts; good clubhouse and busy club atmosphere, within a highway setting.

#4. Fort Erie – nice courts, active club and club house. Special bonus of both hard and clay courts (7 in total).

#3. Niagara Academy of Tennis – a true tennis facility in Vineland, bustling all winter with young up-and-coming international players. We can play there too.

#2. White Oaks – a great facility with 6 very nice courts. If only they still had outdoor courts.

#1. Welland TC – Over 100 years old, along the canal, red clay and hard courts (8 in total). The jewel in the crown…for now?

Honorable mention – the Port Colborne Tennis Club looks great but we’ve been unable to try the courts as they remain locked to the public when not in use by club members. The same might be said for every other club on this list. But that’s for another article.

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