Tennis is one of the sports that is popular in this pandemic summer.
On the Bordeleau family’s private land, in Chicoutimi-Nord, the manager Jean Bordeleau ensures that his land is highly prized despite the health regulations. “We never had as many people as this year,” he said in a telephone interview. The latter adds that he has no difficulty enforcing sanitary measures for singles play.
Recently, the government has authorized duplicate tennis, which should fill a few more spaces in the field availability grid. The big man of the field does not expect it to be more complex to enforce health rules for the double he will host next Monday.
Moreover, for tennis enthusiasts wishing to rent playing time, know that Saturday is currently the day when there are the most beaches available. In all cases, interested persons must reserve at 418-543-1809 before arriving.
In Saint-Jacques Park, the saga of tennis courts is closed and the courts are superb. The Delisle-Poirel tennis school quickly adapted to the COVID-19 context. Rather than offering tennis / soccer camps as in the past, leaders have opted for morning tennis training only since June 22. The response has been very good. The camp welcomes around a dozen players per week and can go up to 16 players. In fact, in the agreement with the City, the Delisle-Poirel school has two reserved courts and the others are for the public.
“The camps are not for beginners, specifies Jean-Arnaud Poirel. It is training for young people who already have a tennis background like the Little Aces, young people from sport-studies, etc. We proposed it because we did not offer a tennis / soccer camp this year, because it was too complicated to have the kids all day with the current constraints. Tennis training takes place four mornings a week, and is offered for eight weeks. And indeed, it is quite popular. The number (of young people) varies from week to week, but it works well. ”
Thanks to an agreement with Saguenay, it is possible to play in one of the two leagues in singles and to reserve fields throughout the summer by purchasing the membership card at a cost of $ 35 taxes included. “We have a good agreement with the City. In the evening, we have a person at the reception desk who animates a little. There are also two evening singles leagues. Doubles have been allowed for two weeks, but people have decided to play singles. They can reserve land between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday by calling 418 944-5690 during these hours.
Obviously, at the entrance to the fields, there is Purell and the sanitary instructions are applied: respect for two meters, balls identified with the players’ names, etc. For now, the weather is good so that Caroline Delisle and Jean-Arnaud Poirel did not really need an indoor player, either at the Saguenay indoor tennis club. Facilities have been set up at the club to accommodate players. It remains to be seen whether the government will order the wearing of masks in closed indoor sites. For people who would like to know more about leagues, courses and land rental, just call 418-548-3179 and leave a message.
No leagues in Rosaire-Gauthier
Conversely, the structured leagues as was the case at Rosaire-Gauthier Park are slacking this summer, but the field remains accessible for recreational practice. All the land in Saguenay is accessible free of charge, but you still have to book and observe the sanitary instructions in place.
For tennis teacher Daniel Guimond and host of the leagues on this municipal court, this is obviously a disappointment. Usually there were summer camps and evening leagues, but the pandemic meant that this structured tennis could not be put in place.
“All tennis activities have been canceled at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), so there is nothing to offer. It is only recreational. The City decided that it would be non-paying. Young students have been hired to reserve and maintain the field, ”said Guimond, who is saddened by the absence of a tennis camp. “At UQAC, out of the multitude of camps offered, those in tennis always fill up first. But we have to live with the decisions made when we had a very restrictive confinement, ”agrees the one who has been associated with tennis at Rosaire-Gauthier for 24 years.
However, the tennis teacher will not remain inactive. As of Monday, he will take over the management of the Montcalm club in Quebec, where his son Jean-Michel Guimond acts as chief professional, and he will join the team of coaches in place for summer camps at least for the next two or three weeks.
For the Saguenay tennis courts, see the site https://loisirs.saguenay.ca/.
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