MONTREAL – The followers of tennis montreal have jubilee when Quebec announced that the land would re-open gradually from the 20th of may, but many of them were ultimately not able to tread the courts.
Sylvie Molé was up early on Wednesday to put his shoes and skirt sports. She walked through the parks of Sainte-Bernadette, parc Beaubien and the centre Claude-Robillard to see at each location as the facilities were not yet available.
For his part, Matthew Romero has made in a few boroughs, and came to the same conclusion. He had to go until you get to Longueuil, where, to her great delight, he was able to type a few yellow balls.
At the Stage of IGA, located in the Jarry park, the players can benefit from four sites, independent of those of the borough. “All the courses are reserved until Friday”, indicated that the intake worker during the passage of the “24 Hours”.
Jocelyn Beaulieu, accompanied by his two daughters, has had to turn back to a bike when it was learned that the grounds were at their maximum capacity. “[Bookings] for the golf, it was full. I said to myself that the tennis, it was going to be the same thing,” she said. His two daughters, who are studying in a sport-études program, were not able to resume the exercise of their passion, two months after the closure of the parks.
All of these tennis lovers have a point in common; they have attempted to obtain information from the various districts, without success.
“The nets are there, but there is no panel or sign. No message, no employee. I was not the only one. It’s been a long time that we expected it,” said Sylvie Molé.
“I had understood that the tennis was allowed. That there would be rules, and these have been widely disseminated ! All tennis players, I think, had learned the rules,” she concluded, noting that cities such as Longueuil and Repentigny have opened their tennis courts from the 20th of may.
Recall that the health measures were introduced, such as washing your hands, the prohibition of the game by double and online reservation of the land.
Here are some boroughs where you can currently play tennis:
- Ahuntsic-Cartierville (excluding the Centre Claude-Robillard)
- Villeray–Saint-Michel–Park-Extension-Stage IGA (4 courses)
Saturday : Anjou, Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal-Nord Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (conditional), Lachine, LaSalle, rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Saint-Léonard (in the majority), Saint-Laurent, Sud-Ouest and Ville-Marie
Week of may 25: Plateau-Mont-Royal, Verdun: may 27 (except Arthur-Therrien already open)
In the week of June 1st: Outremont
The summer of tennis in Montreal?
The tennis has been one of the first sports activities to be able to resume, which gives good hope that the growth of the popularity of the sport in the metropolis might continue.
“It is a sport that can be practiced by all generations. There are hardly any sports like that,” said the chairman of the board of directors of Tennis Montreal, Gabriel Trottier-Hardy.
At present, phase 1 of the déconfinement tennis does not allow games in the double, nor the conduct of lessons or the practice of sport to the interior. Players must identify their balls and washing their hands prior to the meeting.
For the return of the lessons, some changes will need to be adopted, but nothing to discourage the learners. “Yes, there is the challenge of the bullets, but increasingly, when we look at the ways of teaching, there are a lot of elements that are without coaches touch or send the balls by themselves.” Tennis Montreal does not preclude the possibility to ask players to “make a good amount of bullets.”
For the past few years, Tennis Montreal sees an increase in the number of players. This last can be explained in part by performance across international canadian players such as Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu. This last may not be seen this summer in Montreal due to the cancellation of the Rogers Cup, much to the chagrin of supporters and Tennis Quebec.
Sports enthusiasts may, however, emulate this summer season, and, who knows, the replace it later. “There is really a way to have fun as a family. Subsequently, we will be ready to reap the fruits giving over to do a practice that is even more enjoyable,” concluded Mr. Trottier-Hardy.