AUDIO: Interview update on the Port Hope Racquet Club


JG Sports Media spoke with the Port Hope Racquet Club’s secretary Will Kennedy and Gillian Smith-Clark who looks after junior development.

The club’s summer season is in full swing for players of all skill levels. 

In fact, the latest session for lessons began on Tuesday, July 7 and more begin Thursday, July 9. There are beginner and intermediate levels for kids, with limited space remaining in one of the beginner groups while the others are full.

“Tennis is a ton of fun, especially for kids that like hitting a ball,” Smith-Clark said. “It’s a lot of great exercise, there’s strategy involved. You can play as singles or doubles, so you can play with a partner or you can play a game of singles against an opponent. There’s a lot of great benefits for kids physically and mentally and I think the kids just always have a great time out there.”

For details, including dates and times, about the lessons, visit You can also register for programs right on the site or sign up for a waitlist if a program is currently full. The cost for registration, which includes four one-hour lessons, is $60 for non-members and $40 for members. 

Smith-Clark said the club has “beginner lessons for adults, too, for either they’re completely new to the game or for maybe somebody who played 20 years ago and they want to get back into it.”

In this interview, we also discuss safety protocols as well as the increasing popularity of pickleball and the possibility of indoor tennis during the winter.

Click the play button above for the full interview.

NOTE: While we wait for local sports to return following the COVID-19 pandemic, a big part of JG Sports Media’s website content will be audio interviews, like this one.

Guests will include representatives from local sports organizations as well as other notable guests, many who have ties to this area and even some who don’t.

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