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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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Learn to Play Tennis!

Learn the foundations of tennis at the UBC Tennis Centre. You'll learn the rules, scoring, positioning, serving and all strokes of the game. You'll walk away knowing how to start and play matches!

Josh’s Fresh Take: September Edition

How’s It Going, How’s It Going?

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

Summer camps wrapped up last week here at the UBC Tennis Centre. We experienced a jam-packed July and August that went by incredibly fast. As a tennis coach, it is our duty to keep energy levels high so that campers can get the best possible experience. Exerting high levels of energy full-time for nine consecutive weeks can prove to be a difficult task. However, what makes this so much easier is working beside some of the most supportive individuals I have had the privilege of meeting. One of those individuals goes by the name of Coach Kenny. He was always there to answer questions, give you a supportive nudge on and off the court, and rock a Hawaiian shirt on “Hawaiian Fridays”. Kenny was the kind of coach that led by example, which in my mind is the best way to lead.

After a few years here at the UBC Tennis Centre, Kenny has moved on to pursue other endeavors. We wish Kenny all the best and his time here will not be forgotten. “Hawaiian Fridays” during summer camps will continue to live on for years to come.

On behalf of everyone at the UBC Tennis Centre, I would like to thank Kenny for not only being a great coach on court, but also a great coach off the court for individuals like myself that want to continue to learn how to be a strong leader.

Until next time, my friend.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

Tennis Centre Open House | Friday Sep 15, 2017

Tennis | UBC Recreation

Friday September 15, 2017 from 12:00-2:00PM

Have a look at our facility, learn more about our programs, try some fun activities, and meet our world-class coaches (if you’re feeling up to it, rally against them!). There will be free lunch (Subway!) provided for the first 50 people and prizes to be won!


  • Court 1:Tennis Carnival Activities! Can you move around the obstacles while balancing a ball on a racquet? How about while dribbling the ball on the floor with a racquet? There are lots of fun activities that anyone can try their hand at.
  • Court 2 & 3: Try your hand at some tennis drills! We’ve got activities for players of all levels.
  • Court 4: Do you have what it takes to rally against our coaches?


Please bring non-marking shoes if you want to take part in the activities on Courts 2, 3 and 4. We encourage everyone to bring their own racquets if they have them, however there will be a limited number of sharable racquets available.

Contest Details

Complete any activity on the courts for a ballot!
UBC Students are entered to win: a Student Drills Program (drawn at 12:45PM)
UBC Staff & Faculty are entered to win: a Staff & Faculty Drills Program (drawn at 1:00PM)
Community members are entered to win: a 2-hour court booking for up to 4 people (drawn at 1:30PM)

Road Closure Update: University Boulevard Westbound Closure from Aug 14-31

The University Endowment Lands (UEL) is closing University Boulevard westbound from Blanca to Acadia Road starting Monday, August 14th until the end of the month. The closure will be in effect from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, and is being done to complete work on a watermain.

Please be aware of the following:

  • The eastbound lane will be open, with some diversions
  • Transit buses will be rerouted during this period
  • All sidewalks will remain open
  • Cyclists travelling westbound should use 16th Avenue or Chancellor Boulevard to avoid delays

Josh’s Fresh Take: August Edition

The Relationships We Build

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

Being a tennis coach is incredibly rewarding! Seeing the progress your students make through the course of a camp, series of lessons, or program is incredible. Watching them improve on a skill you are teaching, i.e. making perfect impact with the ball at waist level out in front getting properly set up to make a great groundstroke, or finally hitting a rocket serve, definitely brings it back full-circle. These progressions are re-assuring as a tennis coach in that we are helping our students improve as a player. However, what I think often goes unnoticed is the impact we have on athletes off the courts. From kids to adults alike, it’s the relationships we build that may be the most rewarding of all.

This past year many coaches, including myself, connected with a family that was here in Canada for a year. The parents and the children were involved in programs, private lessons, and were at the Tennis Centre nearly every day. We often joked that they lived here and couldn’t go a day without tennis. Naturally, over the course of the year many of us grew close with this friendly family, seeing them day-in and day-out, until eventually this lovely family moved back to Korea indefinitely. I didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on them until I received a card with some nice messages from the children. It was a nice moment to stop and think about the effect that you can have on another individual as a coach aside from the obvious of trying to help their technique on the court.

It is the thought of a bigger picture: the role and privilege that we have as an authority figure. By giving adults and children the recognition, confidence and support they need, they not only grow as a tennis player but also as a person. It is the relationships we build on and off the courts that makes this job so enjoyable.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.