The picture was taken on the tennis court, mid September in Toronto Canada…so the temperatures were low 70 F at the time…the insect is about 2 inches long, appears to have four legs and two long pincers…since we are unaccustomed to large insects we were wondering what it was! Thanks for your help!
Your bug is a giant water bug. They are sometimes called ‘Toe biters’ for a reason…they do have a painful bite if you are wading without shoes in water where they live. 🙂
They live in water but are attracted to lights at night. So perhaps the tennis court is near a pond or lake?
They do like clean water and live in and around the vegetation at the edge of a pond or shallow lake.
The “stinger” looking thing at the end of the abdomen is the snorkel-like breathing tube.
They feed on aquatic insects, snails, small fish, frogs and toads.
These bugs are found across North America into Mexico.