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Courts FAQ

Q: Can you provide information about the courts, booking and costs?

  • BYC is located at 2777 Cassels Street in Ottawa’s West End and offers 4 outdoor, lighted, plexi-pave courts.
  • The tennis courts are provided for the use of Club Members as part of their membership and as such, no additional court costs are added for general play.
  • The use of the tennis courts is on a “First come, First serve” basis and is governed by courtesy and mutual consideration of other players. 
  • There are 4 entrance/exits to the Courts – 3 large gates and one small door on Court 3. 
  • A small shed is adjacent to the parking lot entrance. Club tennis equipment including a ball machine is located inside. Members must ask a Tennis Committee member or Club Pro for access.
  • There is no Pro Shop at the Clubhouse. Members are required to provide their own equipment. Balls can be purchased from the Bar in the Dragon Boat Lounge 

Q: When can I play?

  • Courts are open daily, including Statutory holidays, from May to October. Check the BYC website Tennis event page  for exact open and closing dates.
  • Members can play anytime except when Club events are pre-booked. Check the Tennis schedule for “Open” times. Generally speaking no event will take up all courts.  
  • Court Lights are available for evening play. The switch is located outside at the south corner of the east wall of the clubhouse. Press and hold the button(s) until lights come on.

Q: Can anyone play?

  • The club has an active tennis program that caters to all ages and skill levels.
  • Juniors have the same court privileges as seniors.
  • All children are under the direct supervision of the person they came with (parent or guardian) or their instructor.
  • Club Members may invite guests. All guests are the responsibility of the Member and must abide by the regulations. Guest privileges cease after three visits as stated in Section 2.2.1 of the Membership Regulations.

Q: Are there change rooms, lockers, showers?

  • Lockers and Shower facilities are located in both the Men’s and Women’s downstairs washrooms in the Clubhouse.
  • Lockers are available for use on a daily basis. Members are required to provide their own lock but items are not to be left overnight and shall not be the responsibility of BYC. 

Q: What are the Rules and Regulations of the courts?

  • All guests must play with a member of the club. Management reserves the right to request proof of membership status to any and all persons on club premises. Tennis players must receive their shoe tag from the Bar or Office and wear it at all times while playing.
  • All children are under the direct supervision of the person they came with (parent or guardian) or their instructor.
  • Players are responsible for abiding by the established dress code. At no times shall jeans or improper tennis shoes be allowed on the courts. 
  • Management shall reserve the right to close courts or the facility for safety reasons. Closures shall be reported on the website. 
  • Wilful damage to the courts, nets, lights or any tennis facility could result in suspension of membership.
  • It is the responsibility of the spectators to be aware of play on the courts and to take care of their own safety and that of any one in their care.
  • All players have the right to participate in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective will not be tolerated.
  • Proper court etiquette to be observed at all times: Smoking, spitting, profane language, disruptive behaviour and general clowning around on the courts are not allowed.
  • Unsportsmanlike behaviour will not be permitted. All persons will be required to leave if they cannot control themselves or anyone in their party. 
  • Always make sure that the gates to the courts are closed after entering or leaving these areas.
  • If the Court Lights have been used for evening play, turn off the lights when leaving.
  • No skates, scooters, boards or bikes on the courts
  • Access to the shed and club house is available only when the club house is open i.e.weekdays from 9-9 pm and weekends from 9:00 to 9pm. 
  • Lockers are available for use on a daily basis, but items are not to be left overnight and shall not be the responsibility of BYC.
  • Absolutely no food, alcohol or chewing gum is allowed on the courts. Only water and sports drinks in plastic containers are permitted on the courts. No glass containers permitted.
  • Do not litter the courts with wrappings, cans, or can covers. Please remove any garbage from the courts. Garbage receptacles are provided on and off the court.
  • Mark your tennis balls in order to save arguments as to identification of your property
  • The tennis courts dry fairly quickly after rain. However, there are certain depressions where water will stay longer. Roll Drys and Carpet Drags are provided. Please push or drag the extra water off the courts before playing. Courts can be slippery if not completely dry. Please hang up Drys and Drags when finished.

Q: What is Court Etiquette?

When entering the court

When preparing to enter the court, please wait quietly at the gate until the players on the courts nearest the gate have finished a point. Then, quickly go to a free court, ensuring that you are not moving behind a court where a point is in play. Wait until the point is over then move quickly along the fence line to your own court. Make sure you completely close the gate so balls cannot roll out.

During play

The rules of tennis call for “play to be continuous”. The server should be sure his or her opponent is ready before serving; while the receiver must be prepared to play to the pace of the server.

The server should always have two balls available before serving to avoid delays between first and second serves.

Players should not argue about the score. It is the responsibility of person serving to call out the score in advance of serving. Each player (or team) should call all balls that bounce on their side of the net.

One of the most fundamental principles of tennis when played without an umpire is that you must always give your opponent the benefit of the doubt . The rules provide that a ball is “in” unless it is clearly seen as “out”. If a ball has touched even a portion of the line, it is good. If you are in doubt as to how to call a ball because you have not seen it clearly, you may ask your opponent to help you on the call. If you do so, you must accept your opponent’s call. Never play a let because you are unsure of the call.

Do not offer calls on your opponent’s side unless asked for assistance by him or her.

A ball is in play until it strikes the ground or fence outside the court. Allow a ball that appear to be going long to bounce before calling it out or hitting, catching or otherwise touching it.

Never ask a person not directly involved in your match for assistance on a matter of ‘fact’. You may seek the advice of the Club Pro regarding the ‘rules’ of tennis but not for assistance with interpreting the facts of any given situation on your court.

Do not talk or shout to a player while a point is in play. And do not talk to players involved in a match on another court until their match is over.

Ball rolling onto other courts

If a ball rolls onto your court from an adjacent court and you are rallying (not yet playing a match) – stop rallying and return the ball immediately to one of the people on the next court. If the players from whose court the ball came are in mid-point, wait until they finish or gently roll their ball along the fence behind them. If the ball is from a court farther away, wait until play on any intervening court is stopped.

If a ball rolls onto your court from an adjacent court and you are in the middle of a point – either stop the point immediately, if the ball disturbs you or your opponent (in which case you must replay the point), or return the ball as soon as the point is over.

If your ball rolls onto an adjacent court, stop rallying, wait until the players on other court are not in the middle of a point, then tell them that the ball is from your court and ask for its return.

When your opponent is serving and the point is over, if there are any balls on your side of the net, pick them up quickly and return them directly to the server.

If your opponent has served a fault, quickly clear a ball that is interfering with play but otherwise do not go after it. Wait until the point is over to return balls to the server. If an extraordinary delay is created between first and second serves replay the first serve.

When leaving the court

When you have finished playing, always thank your opponent(s) and your partner, in doubles. In match play, shake hands with your opponent(s).

Wait until players on the court between you and the gate are finished a point before crossing their court. Then, move quickly along the fence line to the exit, ensuring to completely close the gate behind you.

Q: What is the Dress Code?

  • Members and their guests are encouraged to dress appropriately.
  • The following is considered inappropriate: tank tops, cut-offs, jeans, low-riders and any apparel displaying vulgar and/or offensive language (hate-mongering or expletives).
  • Top: Shirts with sleeves, with or without a collar are allowed. Sleeveless tennis tops are permissible for women; tank tops are not.
  • Bottom: Tennis shorts or long warm-up trousers are allowed. Spandex shorts are acceptable only when worn under proper shorts. Jogging shorts or swimming trunks are inappropriate. Proper tennis skirts and dresses are permissible for women.
  • Warm-ups: Warm-up outfits are permissible, as are sweats and sweaters.
  • Shoes: For the protection of the courts and to prevent injuries, proper tennis shoes with non-marking soles ONLY are allowed. Member Shoe tag must be worn on shoe at all times.

Q: How do I meet people to play with?

  • There are numerous ways to meet other Tennis players. BYC organizes regular Tennis activities such as tournaments, round robins, single and doubles matches as well as drop-in mixed doubles sessions. In addition, there are plenty of Social events organized to meet other players. Please see “Social Activities” below for more information.
  • We are affiliated with the National Capital Tennis Association and The Ontario Tennis Association and participate in inter club competitions.
  • BYC participants in Club or NCTA tournaments must be Club Members in good standing.

Regular Tennis Activities include:

Drop-In Mixed/Doubles/Singles -
 Please check the Tennis Schedule

Round-Robins – Sunday Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am. Other times as may be added.

Ladders, Leagues and other Events - sign up through BYC Tennis Network

Club Championships – An annual BYC Tennis Club Championship tournament takes place starting in the Month of July each year. A schedule of play is posted each year to the Tennis Bulletin Board on the 2nd floor of the Clubhouse. The tournament is a round-robin format and includes Ladies Singles, Men’s Singles, Ladies Doubles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. The players/teams with the two best records play a final game for the Championship. All matches are to be completed before September 30th. 

Evening Tennis – Available under the lights, taking into consideration scheduled Club actiities

NCTA Activities - The Tennis Director is the BYC representative to NCTA (The National Capital Tennis Association). Tennis members can advise the Director if they wish to enter a team to compete in NCTA tournaments. 

Winter Tennis Activities – The Tennis Director organizes a winter Round-Robin at the West Ottawa Tennis Club if compatible with West Ottawa’s operation and providing enough BYC tennis members register.

Q: How do I know what level I play at?

The self-rating guide below will help you find players and tennis activities matching your level of play. This is a friendly and universal guide for beginners to experts that is being used across Canada. 

Guidelines to rate yourself:

  • Study the "Play Tennis" self-rating chart, click here for Tennis Canada’s self rating chart
  • Start reading from the top of the chart, beginning with Level 1.0. 
  • Find the level that best describes your general level of play. 
  • Ask your Instructor or Coach to validate your self-rating, if you are unsure. 
  • Remember that as you play more, and improve, your rating may improve. 
  • Update your rating periodically. 

Q: Can I take Lessons? 

  • Anybody who wishes to take lessons with the club’s pros must be a member of the club.
  • Group Lessons are free for BYC members. An email is sent to all members advising them when lesson registration begins. Register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The Club Pro’s can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange private lessons at a cost to the member. Rates are based on 1 hour lessons and are subject to the availability of the tennis professional.
  • In the event of rain, all efforts are made to provide an opportunity for in-house lectures rather than 'make-up'.

Q: Are there summer camps?

  • Youth Summer Tennis Camps take place Monday - Friday from 9am-4pm beginning in June through July and August. 
  • Camps are run through the National Tennis School. 
  • Members will be provided courts to play.
  • Registration and cost information can be found at National Tennis School

Q: Are there Social Activities for Tennis Players?

Please join the BYC Tennis email group by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Popular Links



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BYC Tennis WebCam

BYC Tennis Network - Ladders, Leagues etc

Local Tennis:

National Capital Tennis Association  

Tommy and Lefebvre

Kunstadt sports

National Tennis School BYC page

National Tennis School  Home page

Tennis Orbit

Canadian Tennis:

Ontario Tennis Association

Tennis Canada

Self rating guide

Professional Tennis:

Austrailian Open

French Open 


Rogers Cup  

US Open  

Davis Cup   - International Team Competition, Men

Fed Cup  -  International Team Competition, Women

ATP  - World Pro Tour, Men

WTA   - World Pro Tour, Women


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