About Tennis in BC
A joint research study by Tennis Canada and Tennis BC discovered that, as a province, British Columbia has the highest level of tennis participation and fan interest nationwide. In fact, Metro Vancouver ranks at the very top in Canada when it comes to the great sport of tennis. Can Kelowna be far behind?
According to Stephen Kimoff, president of Tennis BC, this reality “is very encouraging for tennis in British Columbia as it indicates that people in our province have embraced tennis as a lifelong sport.” He goes on to say that tennis is “affordable, can be played at all skill levels, is supported as an outdoor activity in parks in most municipalities in the province and can be played by all members of a family.”
AT LAST COUNT OVER 19% OF THE BC POPULATION PLAYED TENNIS IN THE LAST YEAR - ALMOST DOUBLE THE WHOLE OF CANADA!
“British Columbia has always been a leader for tennis development and grassroots participation,” said Hatem McDadi, vice-president of tennis development for Tennis Canada. And that’s no lie – BC has an extremely rich history of producing amazing (and very successful) tennis talent. In addition to world ranked star Rebecca Marino, BC is also home to Davis Cup team member and current up and comer Vasek Pospisil, seasoned pro Philip Bester, top international junior prospect Filip Peliwo and ITF Top 5 wheelchair tennis athlete Sarah Hunter. Through the years, British Columbia has also produced former world No. 1 doubles player Grant Connell and top WTA singles players Helen Kelesi and Sonja Jeyaseelan. There must be something in the water…..