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Outdoor Court Closed for Winter Season – October 24 2018

The Outdoor Court will be officially closed for the winter season on October 24th, 2018. Therefore the last day to book and play on the outdoor court will be tomorrow, October 23rd. The court will re-open in the Spring of 2019. We will announce the date of opening in the new year.

Josh’s Fresh Take: October 2018 Edition

Top 3 Strategies for Beginner Singles Play!

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

This month I give three basic strategies to beginner tennis players that will help them win some points and hopefully a match or two!

1. Find Your Opponent’s Weaknesses

When playing in a tournament and before you begin your match, one of the first things you have to do is warm-up with your opponent. This includes your groundstrokes, volleys and serves. This is a great opportunity to look for strengths and weaknesses in your opponent’s game. This may seem pretty obvious, however a lot of players do not seize this opportunity! Be observant! Most of the time a tennis player’s weakness is their backhand. But this is not always the case! Some players have a monster backhand and if you only assume that is their weakness and do not pay attention in the warm-up, you would be in trouble when the match starts. Do your homework before you start your match in order to avoid losing easy points.

Guess what? Your opponent is also scouting you! Try and mask some of your strengths if you can. For example, if you have a strong serve, do not unleash it completely in the warm-up. Bring it out during the match and catch your opponent off guard! This could work in your favour. Also, do not be afraid of your weaknesses in warm-up. In other words, do not favour your forehand if you have a weak backhand. This is more obvious to your opponent than just using your weak backhand… Think about the warm-up!

2. Play Deep

Try and pin your opponent back at the baseline. Hit deep shots that go beyond the service line – even if it is not exactly the hardest shot. If you keep the ball at the baseline, your opponent will generally only have a returning angle of about 20-30 degrees. This can be covered far more easily than if you hit the ball short near the net, which can give your opponent an angle of up to 180 degrees! By keeping the ball deep at the baseline, you can recover and generally stay in the rally more consistently. Giving your opponent a short ball essentially gives them more angles to work with. From that spot, you are playing a guessing game of where they might place the ball. This is a far more difficult point to battle for. Do yourself a favour and keep the ball deep!

3. Be Predictably Unpredictable

If you are up 40-0 or 40-15, be sure to take risks! This is a perfect opportunity to try that serve and volley you have been working on, or go for that down-the-line forehand winner. By taking these risks in situations where you are already dominating the lead, it will make you unpredictable in the eyes of your opponent. To you, you are already leading the game and will, most likely, win. But by taking a risk, it will keep them on their toes and keep them second-guessing what your next shot will be. This will work in your favour when the game is tied 30-30, or when you are losing, as your opponent may think you will go for that serve and volley where in reality you are going to be more conservative. By taking these risks when you are in the lead, you are helping your game in the long-run; your opponent won’t be able to predict what you will do next.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

October Long Weekend Facility Hours

Hours for UBC Recreation facilities for the October (6th – 8th) long weekend are as follows:

Student Recreation Centre

Saturday, October 6th – 9:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – 9:00am – 10:00pm
Monday, October 8th – 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Birdcoop Fitness Centre

Saturday, October 6th – 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – 9:00am – 7:00pm
Monday, October 8th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm


Saturday, October 6th – 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – 10:00am – 7:00pm
Monday, October 8th – 12:00pm – 5:00pm

UBC Aquatic Centre

Saturday, October 6th – 8:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – 8:00am – 9:00pm
Monday, October 8th – 10:00am – 2:00pm

UBC Tennis Centre

Saturday, October 6th – 8:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – 8:00am – 6:00pm
Monday, October 8th – 8:00am – 6:00pm

Please note: No programming will be running on all 3 days.

Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

Facility Hours

Saturday, October 6th– 9:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – 9:00am – 9:00pm
Monday, October 8th – 10:00am – 11:00pm

Pro Shop Hours

Saturday, October 6th – 9:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – 9:00am – 9:00pm
Monday,  October 8th – CLOSED

UBC Camps Office

Saturday, October 6th– CLOSED
Sunday, October 7th– CLOSED
Monday, October 8th – CLOSED

UBC Boathouse

Saturday, October 6th – CLOSED
Sunday, October 7th – CLOSED
Monday, October 8th – CLOSED

War Memorial Gym

Saturday, October 6th – CLOSED
Sunday, October 7th – CLOSED
Monday, October 8th – CLOSED

UBC Baseball Indoor Training Centre

Saturday, October 6th– 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday, October 7th – 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Monday, October 8th – 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Josh’s Fresh Take: September 2018 Edition

Keeping Your Cool

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

The tennis world recently witnessed Serena Williams’ conflict at the US Open earlier this month with the umpire, Carlos Ramos. Whether or not you think that Serena or Carlos were in the wrong, one can agree that at times they both lost their cool. Carlos lost his cool in a sense that his punishment might have been a bit harsh, especially when you factor in Serena’s exact point that male athletes often get away with much worse behaviour. And Serena lost her cool with her reaction of calling Carlos a “liar” and “thief” and demanding an apology. (If you are reading this and do not know what I am talking about, I suggest that you stop reading and watch this conflict on YouTube). More or less, what I am exuding to is the fact that both individuals had lost their cool at times during the match. What I mean by this statement is that emotions got the better of both individuals. They had lost their focus and became frustrated. Carlos was not as obvious as he was not yelling, but by the punishment that he handed Serena, it was evident that he was shaken by the instigation.

For Serena, it meant that it cost her a game. For Carlos, it damaged his reputation as an umpire in the tennis world. In a match, as soon as you lose your focus your opponent has already won. Not only does it affect you, but it also gives your opponent an opportunity to strike; to notice they are in your head and ultimately give them the extra added confidence to win.

After Serena’s conflict with Carlos, it was clear that she would not be able to come back and win the match. To be fair, she was already down prior to the altercation with the umpire. However, any chance of coming back was completely gone.

This major conflict between a tennis superstar and a reputable tennis umpire in the final of the US Open made me think about the tools an athlete must have in order to stay composed. If we are witnessing this happen to one of the greatest athletes of all time, then the chances are it can probably happen to us as well. So what kind of strategies can one have when they become frustrated in a match? When you are down a point, a game, or they have just doubled faulted, what would you do? This week I got in touch with a couple current and retired UBC Tennis Coaches, Dana Radivojevic and Kenny Yamashita. I wanted to hear from some tennis gurus about what strategies they use to stay cool.

Both Kenny and Dana stressed the importance of having a routine! This is something that I have mentioned before in previous Fresh Takes. This cannot be emphasized enough; you must have a routine! Dana mentioned that she has a routine in order to “re-focus and reset after each point, no matter what the situation (winner or losing)”. For Dana, it is as simple as bouncing a ball on her racket against the ground several times before she serves. This lets her calm down and forget the previous point before moving on to the next. Kenny only lets himself have 3-5 seconds to be frustrated after a point and then he moves on. During this time, he often adjusts his strings to calm down and re-focus before the next point. Kenny also mentioned that it is important to “not rush and to re-establish your rhythm”.

This is something that I can definitely relate to. I often get caught in the moment when playing someone who has a quick serve routine, which makes me feel like I also have to rush. I have to be ready quicker because I do not want to make my opponent wait for me. But you are just as important! Do not start the point until you are ready as well. There is nothing worse than losing a point only to quickly lose the next. Take your time! Do not rush! Re-establish your rhythm.

Another important strategy is to breathe! It might sound like common sense and incredibly obvious, but you would be surprised how often players hold their breath during and after points. Breathing lets you relax your body and mind. Make sure to take nice deep breaths before every point, if you need it. I promise you will feel more refreshed and in turn you will be fresh.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

Tennis Centre Open House | Thursday Sept 13, 2018


Have you ever wanted to try tennis? Played before and looking to up your game? Come and check out the state-of-the-art UBC Tennis Centre! It is the only tennis facility in Vancouver that is open to the public without membership fees! There are different programs for every skill level, whether you’re a beginner or an expert – there’s something for you! The Open House will have lots of fun activities to try, drills, contests, and snacks!

On-Court Activities:

    • Test out your endurance and strength with the ball machine on Court 5
    • Practice your accuracy and agility with a tennis coach on Court 6
    • Try a fun game on the court with coaches to win fun points on Court 7
    • Up for a challenge? Have a match against our experts for a chance to cool prizes on Court  8

The Open House event will be happening from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, so come on out and talk to our coaches to kickstart your tennis journey at UBC!