Where to play tennis in Toronto?

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  1. Carefree

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    Don't know where to put this, so odds & ends seemed fitting.

    I'm probably moving to Toronto at the end of August. I've been playing tennis for about 3-4 years and don't want to stop or plateau in my improvement. I'm a decent intermediate, whatever ranking that gets you (3.5?).

    I've looked around and found a few clubs that seem good:

    Davisville Tennis Club (though membership for 2013 is full)
    Kew Gardens Tennis Club
    Rosedale Tennis Club

    My main focus is classes for intermediates where I can continue working on technique plus the opportunity to meet new players since I don't know anyone there that plays.

    Are there any Toronto tt'ers out there that have any comments on the above clubs or recommendations for other clubs or ways to meet new players for regular hitting sessions?

    I'm currently playing 2-3 times a week for 1.5 - 2 hours at a time. At my level and experience, playing once a week is okay to avoid rust, but I really need to play as much as possible (2-3 times a week is reasonable since I do have to work) in order to improve.
     
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  2. v-verb

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    L'Amoreaux Tennis Centre

    L'Amoreaux Tennis Centre is home to the Scarborough Winter Tennis Club during the winter season. The public can book the courts on a pay as you go basis around the members bookings. The price varies as per the courts that you request. During the summer the facility is wide open to the public on a pay as you go basis. The centre offers spring and summer tennis lessons for all ages and levels. To book a court please contact the main office for court availabilities and pricing.

    http://www.courtsidecanada.ca/club/swtc/
    http://www.swtc.ca/index.html
    http://www.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/699/index.htm
     
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  3. tennis_balla

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    Rosedale is a club in a high end area of Toronto, the club itself however unless they changed it last time I was there isn't anything special but the location is nice. Kew Gardens would have the most players, right on the beach, nice place. I think they still play summer junior provincials there. For playing in the winter, the Lakeshore clubs are good as well.
    It all depends on your location, where you'll be living. Toronto is really spread out. Lots of leagues in the city as well.
     
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  4. Carefree

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    Hopefully, I'll be living somewhere within the Yonge/University/Bloor TTC vicinity.

    I used to live in TO a while ago, but never played tennis there, nor do I know anyone who does. I do know the geography quite well. I don't know how the tennis clubs operate there. I need to find a whole new contact list of hitting partners and lessons.
     
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    The club along with the head coach should be able to help you out in finding hitting partners. Worst case is they'll tell you to join one of their social groups, and you'll get to know people that way.
    As for how they operate? Initiation fee possibly for the nicer clubs, plus monthly dues. Outdoor courts are free after that, indoor gotta pay. The usual.
     
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    Are you able to be any more specific than this? This is pretty much the entire subway, and there are 8-10 community clubs along it, as well as thriving public court scenes at Ramsden and Trinity Bellwoods parks!!

    As v-verb mentioned, L'Amoreaux is fantastic for winter tennis but it's not very subway accessible.
     
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  7. Carefree

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    I meant in the very small circle that these 3 lines represent. I don't plan on being to far north of the bloor line, nor much east of the yonge line or west of the University line. I'm not talking out in Scarborough or all the way up at Finch.

    Sorry, should have been more specific.
     
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    No worries, my bad!

    Here's one of the most comprehensive resources out there.

    Winston Churchill might be your best bet. Alternately there's Davisville, Wychwood, or Moore Park. Dentonia is actually quick to get to by subway and it almost never fills up.

    The biggest challenge you're going to have is that most of the community clubs in central Toronto fill up very quickly each spring. You may have to go onto a waiting list and play during community hours in the fall. Or get into the scenes at Ramsden or Trinity Bellwoods. Worst case scenario, by next spring you'll be in at somewhere good.
     
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    Cool, thanks. I can see that most places are full. I've had some email correspondence with someone from Kew Gardens, it seems decent.

    I'll look in to the clubs you mentioned, thanks so much.

    My plan:

    Get a club
    Go to socials/clinics
    Get a coach if it's not enough tennis
    Meet some people
    Get some winter insight and 1-2 people to regularly hit with over winter.

    That should get me to the spring where hopefully I can meet some more partners at the same club or new.

    Fingers crossed.
     
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    Wasn't very accessible period. This past winter the place collapsed under the weight of snow. Twice.

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  11. Carefree

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    That's fantastic.
     
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