The Woods Park Tennis Center Campaign and the Lincoln Parks Foundation invite the public to the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new public indoor tennis facility at 7:05 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at 33rd and "J" streets.
After nearly two years of work, the campaign reached its goal this summer with contributions from more than 400 donors. The project will replace the two indoor air structures or "bubbles" with a permanent structure for six indoor courts. Replacement of the aging bubbles is necessary to continue the tennis center's court availability, comprehensive programming and ability to host regional tournaments. The project is expected to be completed by May 2017.
The free event will include remarks from Mayor Chris Beutler, campaign leaders and honorary campaign chair Jack Sock, a Lincoln native and professional tennis player. Sock is one of the top-ranked Americans in both singles and doubles on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour. At the recent 2016 Olympics, he won the gold medal in the mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and captured a bronze medal in the men's doubles with Steve Johnson.
The former U.S. Open junior champ was also a 2014 Wimbledon champion in men's doubles with Vasek Pospisil and a 2011 U.S. Open champion in mixed doubles with Melanie Oudin.
For more information about this event or the campaign, call the Lincoln Parks Foundation at 402-441-8258 or visit takingthegame.com.