Located in Waterloo Park, the club is a rarity in that it is a members-owned, non-profit organization which accounts for its character and the activities the club offers. Founded in 1915, the club’s longevity is a testament to the members and staff that have taken pride and satisfaction in administering it.
A wide range of people is represented in its membership – juniors, seniors, families and university students.
With 12 courts in total in the summer – six hard courts that are covered by a dome all year round and six outdoor har-tru (green clay) courts from May to October – there is ample court time for members and guests. A practice wall is available if you’re on your own and is ideal for grooving strokes and working on consistency.
In the summer, members can relax and enjoy a beverage on the wrap-around balcony which offers an elevated view of the outdoor courts, beautiful Waterloo Park, and University Stadium, home to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team. Comfy couches, fire place and big screen TV provide a cozy atmosphere to the upstairs lounge where a licensed bar is available.
Shower and locker facilities are located in the basement level.
The club offers a variety of organized play all year round such as round robin doubles catering to different levels of play and a singles ladder. For those wanting more competitive challenges, the club participates in summer inter-club competitions. Two teams consisting of both men and women play in the Inter-Urban league, a regional competition and one team in the Inter-City women’s league.
The club championships in singles, doubles and mixed doubles are held annually in August.
The club offers coaching programs that are well served with five coaches on staff. There is a coach to match any style of play. The junior program is thriving thanks to the latest technique and equipment the coaches employ to help students reach their full potential.
Progressive Tennis is the foundation of our Junior program. Progressive Tennis helps slow down the game for kids by using smaller courts and softer balls making it easier for them to learn and to enjoy. This type of coaching has been the starting point for many great players such as former number one WTA player Justine Henin.
From 2008 to 2013, the club was the venue for an ITF Women’s Challenger. The members not only gave up their courts during this popular nine-day event but also their time and energy serving as volunteers to ensure the event’s success. It is an example of members’ spirit and their pride in the club.
The Waterloo Tennis Club is served by a volunteer Board of Directors and a full-time manager and support staff dedicated to making the sport as enjoyable as possible for its members and to growing the game in the community. It is a club for all seasons, ages and levels of play.