Let's face it, we don't have many options for physical activity and recreation right now. It seems a new sports league is cancelled each week, and the few options that remain — golf and gym to name a couple — can feel busy and congested.
Tennis courts are one of the few recreation facilities available for use in town right now, and the sport, similar to golf, has social distancing built into it. You never have to go within 15 feet of the person you're playing against, and the ball is the only common touch point.
Unfortunately, tennis will never be as popular as golf or slow pitch, and it can make finding someone to play with difficult.
But due to the limited options we have right now, I find myself wanting to get out for a quick set more than ever. Perhaps you feel the same way?
A tennis club of some kind feels like a good idea in the best of times, and even more necessary during a pandemic.
As a result, I've started the Facebook Group Fort St. John Tennis, in hopes of creating a place where the local tennis community can come together, meet other players, and organize more games.
Idon't have any plans at creating a tennis night or schedule right now, though if there's an interest, that would be fun.
For now, I just want to take advantage of the open courts, and enjoy a match as often as I can. The courts are popular and used often, but tennis circles seem to be small. That doesn't have to be the case. If you or someone you know is interested, click the link above and join the group.
Tennis is one of my favourite sports to play and watch. But, like all sports, I'm only decent at it at best. There are tennis players of all skill players in town, and a high skill level or competitive streak isn't required.
Let's connect through tennis and get through the rest of this pandemic together.
Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at firstname.lastname@example.org.