City breaks ground for first lighted tennis courts

By: Staff Report
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The city of Lincoln made a major step forward earlier this month in breaking ground for four new, lighted tennis courts to support the community’s growing demand for the sport.

The facility will not only help to serve the community, but the Lincoln High School tennis program as well. The groundbreaking event was also a culmination of the efforts put forth by the Lincoln and Rocklin Tennis Association (LARTA), which lobbied the city to establish the new courts.

The courts are Phase 2 construction of the 17-acre Chief Robert Jimenez Park located at the intersection of Ferrari Ranch Road and Groveland Lane.

Fighting Zebras’ head co-coaches Chris Bender and Phillip Roberts will look for approval of a Lincoln High School Fighting Zebras Tennis Academy in October. With approval, the academy will launch junior tennis classes for K-8 players using a United States Tennis Association sanctioned program.

The program utilizes equipment suited for younger players, including smaller rackets, special nets and softer tennis balls. The Western Placer Unified School District will promote the classes to younger boys and girls.

Besides four lighted tennis courts, the construction will also include two basketball courts, a restroom, sidewalks, landscaping and a parting lot.

Those with an interest in the program can email LARTA’s Peter Schor at