Welcome to UBC Recreation Tennis!

Our Mission: By offering comprehensive tennis programming from a professional staff we will strive to be leaders in the Lower Mainland public tennis community. We will provide the facility, instruction and service required for people of all ages and all levels of playing ability to improve their skills and enjoy their tennis experience.

We invite all Vancouver tennis players to come experience the UBC Tennis Centre – the only public tennis facility in Vancouver

 

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Latest Tennis News

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Josh’s Fresh Take: March Edition

Can Other Sports Make You a Better Overall Tennis Player ?

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

From coaching athletes for the past two years ranging in age from 3 to 70, one of the biggest realizations I’ve had is how playing other sports, besides tennis, dramatically improve your game. Time and time again there have been beginner tennis players that sign up for tennis, pick up a racket, and by the end of the first lesson are rallying consistently over the net. This is regardless of the program or their age. Red, orange, green, youth, teen, and our adult clinics; I’ve seen it in all of these levels. These players often have an “athletic look” or generally seem like athletes. Recently I started asking questions, “how can this be? This player has barely touched a racket, how are they so quick to pick up this technically-difficult sport?”.

I asked nearly everyone that surprised me in terms of expectations for a beginner. I found that these specific players have played, or are currently playing, other sports such as hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, etc. These sports all develop athletes in their individual ways and generally help with coordination as well as an active body. They also prepare players to constantly be ready to react to a quick movement whether it’s taking a wrist shot in hockey, hitting a home run in baseball, or fast footwork in soccer. These aspects directly translate to the tennis courts as these players are coming in with a high level of hand-eye coordination and sense of their surroundings and body. This makes learning the game of tennis incredibly easier than it would if they never played another sport.

Personally, as a hockey and tennis player I’ve seen some direct translations between the two sports in a fascinating way. I play with a left-handed hockey stick and in tennis I hit a backhand with both of my hands on the left side (as I would for hockey). I’ve always found that my backhand in tennis had a lot more control and power than my forehand and never really thought about the reasoning. This was until I started noticing the same in some of the students I coach, whom after asking all had the same background: hockey. Because of the countless hours of handling a puck, passing, and shooting using both hands in another sport, you ultimately develop more control and strength on that side which translates over to the backhand in tennis.

So for all you beginners out there that are interested in playing tennis, remember that you can improve your tennis game by not only playing tennis! There are many other skills that translate over to the game that will only make you better. Juggle a soccer ball in your spare time, run sprints at the track, shoot pucks at a net, get out there… and make sure you always stay fresh.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

 

Ps. If you have any personal experience of playing other sports that translate over to the game of tennis, email us your stories! We would love to hear from you.

We’re Hiring!

The UBC Tennis Centre is looking for current or returning UBC students who have a passion for participant experience and working in an exciting environment. We are currently hiring for the Spring/Summer 2017 and the Fall/Winter 2017-18 semesters. Search for “Athletics and Recreation” on CareersOnline to view available positions. Applications are open until March 5, 2017.

For more information, please visit: recreation.ubc.ca/employment

Josh’s Fresh Take for February

How Much Gas is Left in the Tank for Aging Roger Federer?

Introducing our new monthly segment, “Josh’s Fresh Take”. Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

The class-act Swiss-born Roger Federer looked like he found a time machine and jumped back to his prime earlier in the month when he took home his 18th Grand Slam championship against rival Rafael Nadal. It marked his 100th professional tennis match as well as his first win against the Spaniard in 10 years, as he had not defeated Nadal in a major since 2007.

With Feds now at the ripe old age of 35, the question remains, how much gas is left in the tank?  Perhaps the Swiss-native could defy the odds and become the tennis-world’s next Jaromir Jagr. (For those of you that don’t recognize the name “Jagr” he’s an NHL player currently playing at the age of 44, and rather well).

With his most recent Grand Slam win, Feds is well on track of Jagr-like capabilities. According to the ATP article, “Federer Tops Nadal in Epic For 18th Major Crown,” it mentions that Federer is the oldest Grand Slam champion since Ken Rosewall who won three major titles in 1970 and 1971 after celebrating his 35th birthday. If the man of the hour can resist injuries, whose saying that he can’t play well into his late thirties?

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

Reading Break Hours

Student Recreation Centre

Saturday February 18: 9:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday February 19: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Monday February 20: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Tuesday February 21: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Wednesday February 22: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Thursday February 23: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Friday February 24: 7:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday February 25: 9:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday February 26: 9:00am – 9:00pm


Birdcoop Fitness Centre

Saturday February 18: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday February 19: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Monday February 20: 6:30am – 9:00pm

Tuesday February 21: 6:30am – 9:00pm

Wednesday February 22: 6:30am – 9:00pm

Thursday February 23: 6:30am – 9:00pm

Friday February 24: 6:30am – 8:00pm

Saturday February 25: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday February 26: 10:00am – 6:00pm


UBC Aquatic Centre

Varying hours. Please check the schedule here


UBC Tennis Centre

Saturday February 18: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday February 19: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Monday February 20: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Tuesday February 21: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Wednesday February 22: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Thursday February 23: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Friday February 24: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Saturday February 25: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday February 26: 8:00am – 10:00pm


Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Regular operating hours.


UBC Camps Office

Varying Office Hours. Please call: 604-822-1540 for more information.


UBC Boathouse

Regular operating hours.

 

Spring Registration NOW OPEN!

Registration is now open for Youth and Adult Spring Programs! Please make note of the start date of each program and dates when classes will not be running. Register online, over the phone or in person to secure your spot today!

Spring Break Camp Registration Open!

Come have some fun with us this spring break! Registration is now open for all Tennis and UBC spring break camps in March. For more information on all UBC Camps, please click here.

Australian Open Doubles Mixer | Friday, Jan 27th

Join the UBC Tennis Centre for a night full of doubles play, prizes, food, beverages and more! Prizes will be awarded to the best Tennis Grand Slam outfit. Sign up today as spaces fill quickly!

Friday Night Tennis Classes!

Friday Night Tennis is back! For the month of February, come out to the Tennis Centre on Fridays from 6:30-8:30pm for some wholesome tennis fun! These one-time classes are designed for singles or couples who want to work on their games in a fun atmosphere while meeting new people. A UBC coach will be on site to host the evening. Sign up today!

March 9, 2017

Josh’s Fresh Take: March Edition

Can Other Sports Make You a Better Overall Tennis Player ?

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

From coaching athletes for the past two years ranging in age from 3 to 70, one of the biggest realizations I’ve had is how playing other sports, besides tennis, dramatically improve your game. Time and time again there have been beginner tennis players that sign up for tennis, pick up a racket, and by the end of the first lesson are rallying consistently over the net. This is regardless of the program or their age. Red, orange, green, youth, teen, and our adult clinics; I’ve seen it in all of these levels. These players often have an “athletic look” or generally seem like athletes. Recently I started asking questions, “how can this be? This player has barely touched a racket, how are they so quick to pick up this technically-difficult sport?”.

I asked nearly everyone that surprised me in terms of expectations for a beginner. I found that these specific players have played, or are currently playing, other sports such as hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, etc. These sports all develop athletes in their individual ways and generally help with coordination as well as an active body. They also prepare players to constantly be ready to react to a quick movement whether it’s taking a wrist shot in hockey, hitting a home run in baseball, or fast footwork in soccer. These aspects directly translate to the tennis courts as these players are coming in with a high level of hand-eye coordination and sense of their surroundings and body. This makes learning the game of tennis incredibly easier than it would if they never played another sport.

Personally, as a hockey and tennis player I’ve seen some direct translations between the two sports in a fascinating way. I play with a left-handed hockey stick and in tennis I hit a backhand with both of my hands on the left side (as I would for hockey). I’ve always found that my backhand in tennis had a lot more control and power than my forehand and never really thought about the reasoning. This was until I started noticing the same in some of the students I coach, whom after asking all had the same background: hockey. Because of the countless hours of handling a puck, passing, and shooting using both hands in another sport, you ultimately develop more control and strength on that side which translates over to the backhand in tennis.

So for all you beginners out there that are interested in playing tennis, remember that you can improve your tennis game by not only playing tennis! There are many other skills that translate over to the game that will only make you better. Juggle a soccer ball in your spare time, run sprints at the track, shoot pucks at a net, get out there… and make sure you always stay fresh.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

 

Ps. If you have any personal experience of playing other sports that translate over to the game of tennis, email us your stories! We would love to hear from you.

February 23, 2017

We’re Hiring!

The UBC Tennis Centre is looking for current or returning UBC students who have a passion for participant experience and working in an exciting environment. We are currently hiring for the Spring/Summer 2017 and the Fall/Winter 2017-18 semesters. Search for “Athletics and Recreation” on CareersOnline to view available positions. Applications are open until March 5, 2017.

For more information, please visit: recreation.ubc.ca/employment

February 17, 2017

Josh’s Fresh Take for February

How Much Gas is Left in the Tank for Aging Roger Federer?

Introducing our new monthly segment, “Josh’s Fresh Take”. Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

The class-act Swiss-born Roger Federer looked like he found a time machine and jumped back to his prime earlier in the month when he took home his 18th Grand Slam championship against rival Rafael Nadal. It marked his 100th professional tennis match as well as his first win against the Spaniard in 10 years, as he had not defeated Nadal in a major since 2007.

With Feds now at the ripe old age of 35, the question remains, how much gas is left in the tank?  Perhaps the Swiss-native could defy the odds and become the tennis-world’s next Jaromir Jagr. (For those of you that don’t recognize the name “Jagr” he’s an NHL player currently playing at the age of 44, and rather well).

With his most recent Grand Slam win, Feds is well on track of Jagr-like capabilities. According to the ATP article, “Federer Tops Nadal in Epic For 18th Major Crown,” it mentions that Federer is the oldest Grand Slam champion since Ken Rosewall who won three major titles in 1970 and 1971 after celebrating his 35th birthday. If the man of the hour can resist injuries, whose saying that he can’t play well into his late thirties?

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

February 16, 2017

Reading Break Hours

Student Recreation Centre

Saturday February 18: 9:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday February 19: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Monday February 20: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Tuesday February 21: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Wednesday February 22: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Thursday February 23: 7:00am – 10:00pm

Friday February 24: 7:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday February 25: 9:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday February 26: 9:00am – 9:00pm


Birdcoop Fitness Centre

Saturday February 18: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday February 19: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Monday February 20: 6:30am – 9:00pm

Tuesday February 21: 6:30am – 9:00pm

Wednesday February 22: 6:30am – 9:00pm

Thursday February 23: 6:30am – 9:00pm

Friday February 24: 6:30am – 8:00pm

Saturday February 25: 10:00am – 7:00pm

Sunday February 26: 10:00am – 6:00pm


UBC Aquatic Centre

Varying hours. Please check the schedule here


UBC Tennis Centre

Saturday February 18: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday February 19: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Monday February 20: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Tuesday February 21: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Wednesday February 22: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Thursday February 23: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Friday February 24: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Saturday February 25: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday February 26: 8:00am – 10:00pm


Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Regular operating hours.


UBC Camps Office

Varying Office Hours. Please call: 604-822-1540 for more information.


UBC Boathouse

Regular operating hours.