Tennis buffs sometimes debate the "who was the greatest of all time" question. Sampras? A bit boring. Federer. Can't beat Nadal. Nadal? We'll see. In the meantime, the answer is clear. The greatest was The Rocket, Rod Laver.
It's over 40 years since Aussie Laver won his second Grand Slam, the last man to do so, and the only man ever to win two. Now in his seventies, Laver still plays regularly with family and "mates" in California, not for fame or glory, just for love of the game.
Of course, none of us can aspire to play at Laver's level. (Well, we can aspire. Yes We Can.) But you don't have to be the greatest ever to enjoy tennis long past your Grand Slam days. Whatever one's skill set, the essence of tennis is the same -- a dynamic, challenging sport for all ages. There are few better ways to get a heart-pumping, fresh air workout, spiced with camaraderie and competition, than a couple of hard-fought sets of tennis.
And there's no better place to play, or learn to play Rod Laver's "sport of a lifetime" than the Kingston Tennis Club.
Tucked in an attractive, tree-lined location on Napier Street, the KTC is a friendly, family-oriented club, which welcomes tennis enthusiasts of all levels of ability. The club has made significant court improvements, thanks in part to Ontario Trillium Grants, and offers a wide range of programs -- lessons with our certified pros, singles and doubles leagues, tournaments, drop-in nights, and socials. The club also runs a highly popular Junior Tennis and Sports Camp in the summer.
A non-profit club, run by volunteers, the KTC is a place where new members feel welcome, old members feel at home, and everyone -- from rank beginners to budding Lavers -- can find playing partners at their level and enjoy tennis to the utmost. And it's a bargain. The KTC has been around since 1924, and though we've occasionally adjusted our prices since then, we've managed to maintain our very reasonable membership rates the same for the past four years.
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