Conveniently and beautifully located on the edge of High Park in the west end of the city, kids will enjoy playing tennis surrounded by nature. 

As of July 20th we will offering Full Day and Half Day camps. Players will only have access to the clubhouse for the use of washrooms.

All of our coaches are certified by Tennis Canada and are trained to ensure ACE Tennis and Howard Park Tennis Club Covid-19 protocols are strictly enforced.

Dates: Week of July 20th - Week of August 24th

Our certified, experienced, and passionate coaches will provide a fun, healthy, and educational environment for kids to learn tennis. Our staff consists of individuals with university undergraduate and master’s degrees, Tennis Canada coaching certifications, and former top Canadian junior and open players. Our coaches are full-time professional career coaches who are members of Tennis Canada’s Tennis Professionals Association. 

  • On-site staff members are certified in emergency first aid care
  • Rain policy: Programmes will be cancelled due to rain. Our staff will be monitoring the weather and parents/guardians will be contacted in advance to ensure they know when to come pick up their child. Due to Covid-19, we will not be using the clubhouse, so parents/guardians must pick up their child in the event of rain.

-      Filled Water bottles
-      Hat
-      Sunscreen
-      Appropriate tennis attire
-      Umbrella
-      Towel
-      Glove (for serving)
-       plus 3 initialed tennis balls
  • Mini Tennis (Red ball)
  • Smashing Aces: ages 8-10 (Orange ball), ages 11-12 (Green ball)
  • Competitive Aces and High School (Regular ball)
SUMMER CAMPS Full and Half Day
Week of July 20 – Week of August 24
Both Half Day and Full Day Options
o   Half Day 9am -12noon
o   Half Day 1pm - 4pm
o   Full Day 9am - 4pm
Registration for camps will open July 13th.
Mini Tennis Camp Ages 4 - 8
This lesson is fun with an emphasis on developing the love of the sport, and the essential tennis and athletic fundamentals of all players to provide them the opportunity to pursue tennis recreationally or competitively. The first level of progressive tennis, players use larger decompressed balls to allow for easier learning, 19″-21” racquets, mini-sized nets and courts (12m court), which are proportional to the sizes and skills of the students.

·     Half Day  $240 + hst.
·     Full day   $320 + hst.
Smashing Aces Camp Ages 8 - 12
A fun lesson for beginner and intermediate level kids, this lesson teaches kids to rally, serve, play points, and learn the rules and etiquette of the game. Through the combination of a variety of sports, fun fitness drills, and games, children will further develop their overall athleticism.

·     Half Day  $240 + hst.
·     Full day   $320 + hst.
Competitive Aces Camp Ages 10 - 12
This lesson is for players who are more advanced club level players for their age who can maintain a rally on a full-sized tennis court with regular balls. The players enjoy friendly competition but may not necessarily play tournaments.

·     Half Day  $240 + hst.
·     Full day   $320 + hst.
High School Team Program Camp 13 - 17
This lesson is for beginner to advanced club level players. Players are grouped according to their level.

·     Half Day  $240 + hst. 1pm - 4pm Afternoon option only

Summer & Fall Programs
4 week sessions   except Session #1 – 2 week session
Session 1        Week of Jul 13 - Week of July 20 (2 week session)
Session 2        Week of July 27 - Week of Aug. 17     
Session 3        Week of Aug. 24 - Week of Sept.14 (no class on Monday, Sept. 7)
Session 4        Week of Sept. 21 - Week of Oct. 12 (no class on Monday Oct. 12)

Must be a member at Howard Park.

Group Lessons
1.0  - 1.5 (Beginner)
Learn basic tennis footwork, technical fundamentals, and ball control in order to rally, volley, and serve to get you playing the game quickly

Monday, Wednesday   6:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 1  - $44.00
Session 2, 3, 4   - $88.00

2.0 2.5 (Beginner)
Learn the technique required to implement singles and doubles tactics in point play.

Monday, Wednesday   6:00pm - 7:00pm
Session 1  - $44.00
Session 2, 3, 4  - $88.00

3.0 (Intermediate)
Improve the consistency of your ground strokes when forced to move, your ability to attack and to win at the net, and the quality of your first and second serve.

Wednesday  7:00pm - 8:00pm
Session 1  - $44.00
Session 2, 3, 4   - $88.00

3.5 (Intermediate)
Improve the quality of defensive, neutral, and offensive skills with smart decision making. Improve ability to exploit opponent’s weakness and to apply pressure through taking time away from opponent

Wednesday   8:00pm - 9:00pm
Session 1  - $44.00
Session 2, 3, 4   - $88.00

Training 3.5
Doubles positioning, court coverage, communication, and tactics are focused on to improve your doubles play.

Wednesday   9:00pm – 10:00pm
Session 1  - $44.00
Session 2, 3, 4   - $88.00

High Performance Training 4.0 - 4.5
This intense training session is for high-level club players who want to improve their performance in competition. Live-ball training is used with integrated point play to apply the trained tactics. High performance training will challenge you physically and mentally.

Wednesday           8:00pm – 10:00pm
Fee:  $175

Tennis Specific Movement and Workout (TSM)
Want a great workout playing the sport you love? This is the class for you! Have fun getting fit while improving your tennis specific movement.

Tuesday (3.0)                    6:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday (3.5)                   6:00pm – 7:00pm
Fee: $88.00

Fee:  $22 / session

Shot of the Week (SOTW) 2.5 - 4.0
Focusing on one shot with specific and frequent feedback and lots of volume to improve the execution of the shot.

Wednesday           6:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday               12:00pm – 1:00pm

Training a Pattern of Shots (TPS) 2.5 - 4.0
High volume on one pattern with coach providing specific technical tips to implement the pattern.

Wednesday           7:00pm – 8;00pm
Saturday               1:00pm – 2:00pm

Tactical Singles Training and Point Play (TST) 3.0 - 3.5
Train the pattern from TPS in a pressure situation, then compete with other players to implement the pattern in point play.

Wednesday [3.5]    8:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday  [3.0]        2:00pm – 3:00pm
Craig Mercer
  • Tennis Canada / Coach 3 (2014)
  • Tennis Canada / Club Professional 3 (2017)
  • Bond University / Master of Sports Management Degree, Gold Coast, Australia (2006)

   Current Roles
  • Head Tennis Professional, Howard Park Tennis Club (2020-present)
  • Vice-President, Community Tennis, All Canadian Sports Management (2020-present)
  • Tennis Canada Coach Developer (2017 – present)
  • Toronto Tennis City / Tennis Director and Assistant General Manager (2013-present)

Playing Achievements
  • Ranked top 20 in Canadian Men’s Open tennis (2000)
  • Top 3 Canadian Junior Tennis player and National team member (1996)