The Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre is located in Chapples Park. It features 9 “plexipave” courts, six floodlit for night play. A full suite of programs and services is offered including lessons, clinics, league play, socials and tournaments. The clubhouse features full changeroom facilities with showers and lockers, a full kitchen and a pro shop. Tennis instruction is available through our qualified staff. We host a variety of programs to help members engage with other tennis players of like ability. Come visit us – we will be happy to show you around.
The Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre in its present location was opened in 1973. “It was an exciting time for tennis in Thunder Bay” recalls then President Craig Stanley. The facility boasted 6 brand new courts and clubhouse. “We’ve move into a new era”, Craig Stanley proudly remembers.
The “Jeux Canada Games” afforded the Centre the opportunity to upgrade its facilities adding three new courts, including the Court #1 stadium court that would offer spectator access. The event was a huge success and the sport of tennis enjoyed a stong revival through that period. Names such as Dick Wilson, Richard Earl, Lousie McGinn and many others made the sports pages as their successes on the new courts were recounted.
The tennis event of the outdoor season, the MidCanada Open tournament has hosted internationally competitive players including Eric Butorac, the 2014 Australian Open doublesi finalist. Annually, many of Canada’s top competitive players compete with some of our friends south of the border. “The beauty of this tournament is that you can be good in Ontario, but you get some really neat competition if you come to Thunder Bay given our relationship with many of the Minneapolis clubs and Universities.” says Head Pro Jamie Grieve. “It is truly a pleasure to watch. We like to show all our out of town guests a good time as well but I won’t get into those stories now.”
Thunder Bay tennis had a protege in Bobby Everett, a local boy who spent countless hours practising and living tennis in his youth. He went on to be one of Canada’s top juniors.
There have been other great players that have grown up in our tennis community, and some that did not reach competitive levels but had a huge passion for the sport. Many of these people are memorialized in awards and bursaries presented each year to promising junior players with the goal of enhancing their tennis development.
Thanks to the dedication and untiring effort of our Head Professional, Jamie Grieve, our Centre is proud to be home to a number of aspiring athletes now enjoying tennis scholarships at various post secondary institutions. “Our remoteness is a problem” Jamie admits, “But we can’t let that stop us. That being said, we do need a proper indoor facility. It is hard to play tennis in the snow.” All joking aside, Thunder Bay is blessed with an extremely competent and enthusiastic Tennis Professional in Jamie. The vision of the Tennis Centre’s Board of Directors is to enhance our facility with proper indoor courts so our members, students and especially our proteges can thrive in the competitive world of tennis.
Board of Directors
Your 2017 Board of Directors is here to serve your Tennis Centre needs. Please contact us with any questions or ideas you have.
|Vice President||Charlene Dulacka|
|Publicity & Media||Chris Horychuk|
|Junior Development||Cindy Kaplanis|
|House & Grounds||Brad Salatino|
|Social & Fundraising||Kristine Thompson|
|Legal & Corporate||Sophie Young|
|City Representative||Rae-Ann Molly|
|Junior Representative||Gianni Mascarin|
|Junior Representative||Alexis Paddington|
Jamie Grieve – Head Pro
USPTA Certified Pro 1
Jamie has been teaching at the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre since 1991 after a successful junior career. In 1998 and 2000, Jamie won the Men’s Singles Event of Thunder Bay’s most prestigious tournaments, the Mid Canada Open. He has been the Head Pro since 2000 where he has been dedicated to improving the tennis community in Thunder Bay. From running summer and winter training programs for our most competitive juniors, to organizing tournaments and developing and running programming for Centre members, Jamie’s affable personality and high level knowledge of the game of tennis have afforded him opportunities to teach tennis in some of the most desired tennis destinations in the world. Most recently, he served as a hosting Pro at one of Curacao’s most prestigious resorts.
Jamie’s true skill lies in his development of junior players. Under his direction, several junior players are now benefiting or have benefited from scholarships to play at a varsity level at Division 1 through 3 colleges in the U.S.
Jamie’s dedication and expertise rank him as one of the top teaching professionals in Canada. From a beginner to an advanced player, participating in the sport is a pure pleasure with this coach. We are proud of and blessed with his commitment to our Centre
Alex Potestio – Kid’s Tennis Instructor
OTA Certified Tennis Instructor
We are pleased to have Alex Potestio on our team of instructors for the 2017 season. Alex is a top student at Lakehead University and looks forward to spending his summers sharing his passion for tennis with our up and coming junior players. He has been coached by our Head Pro Jamie Grieve for several years now and demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the game. He is also an avid tennis participant in the resort community of Loon Lake, just east of Thunder Bay.
Brendan Boudreau – Pro Assistant
OTA Certified Tennis Instructor
Brendan is one of our Centre’s top junior players. His love of the game comes through in all of his tennis activities. In his spare time at the Centre, he can be found working with the youngest of players in a fun, tennis related game or activity. Brendan’s classic strokes and knowledge of the game make him one of our most promising players in Thunder Bay.