STOCKTON, Calif. – Pacific Athletics announced Monday the opening of the Roy and Jean Sanders Tennis Clubhouse during the official dedication of the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center. Many donors and fans were in attendance as the dedication ceremony took place right outside the clubhouse, which is named in honor of the longtime former Bank of Stockton employee whose wife was a dominate tennis player on the local scene.
“This has been a long process to get the entire facility finished, but standing here looking at the finished product has made it well worth the wait. The Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center is now one of the finest tennis facilities on the West coast and is going to be a huge benefit for our both of our tennis programs as well as for bringing top notch tournaments to campus and the City of Stockton”, said Ted Leland, Director of Athletics.
The facility is a 4,262-square-foot addition to the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center that will include a plethora of state-of-the-art amenities including men’s and women’s team rooms showcasing 12 locker spaces, an athletic training room and an office space.
“I am so excited for our student-athletes to have this amazing new home for Pacific Tennis. It is breath taking. The architecture, energy, and style are all first-class and add to the beauty of the University of the Pacific,” said head men’s tennis coach and Director of Tennis, Ryan Redondo. This facility has already changed this program in many different ways as we have recruits that have not only a very high-level talent but they are coming with a lot of high level experience. We want to bring in recruits that can see our vision of being professional and train and compete in the most professional environment.”
There is also be a healthy market area in the clubhouse sponsored by Valley Brew that is equipped with grab-and-go items such as drinks, sandwiches and salads. The Valley Brew Market will also flaunt a bar that will have service available for special events held at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center.
The addition with also feature patios and shaded areas that will bring the project to 9,500 square feet in total.
The Golden Bear Insurance Company scoreboard will also be installed in the near future. The 12 feet wide by 6 feet high scoreboard will show live statistics for all six match courts.
“This adds so much economic and positive growth to the city of Stockton and we want the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center to be the hub for tennis in Northern California. We also want the community of Stockton to join us as members of the facility and use the game of tennis to enrich their lives and to have a wonderful family recreation center to come to,” added Redondo.
Overall, the facility is a $4.9 million project that was spearheaded by a $2 million donation by former Tiger and professional tennis player Eve Zimmerman, with additional donations from Doug Eberhardt and the Bank of Stockton and many alumni and community members.