Then & Now: The First Fair Oaks Tennis Club Formed in 1928

Where was the Fair Oaks Tennis Club court located?

The tennis court was on the northwest corner of Bridge and Temescal, and now is the foundation for the Freemont Building.

The Fair Oaks Tennis Club was formed in about 1928 by the then elementary school teacher/principal Ted Robles and his friends. They installed the fences and lights, and the club remained "around for many years and then disbanded." Several old timers remember using the court into the 1950's but it gradually deteriorated and in the 70's was mainly used for a basketball court. A local resident took a series of photos about 1980 when the property was slated for development, and fortunately one of them shows the last of the old tennis court (from Bridge Street looking north). 

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The home courts of the Fair Oaks Raquet Club are Miller Park. But, much earlier there was another Fair Oaks Tennis Club. This photo shows some members getting a workout at their court in about 1938. Anyone guess (or know) where this tennis court was?

For more on the history of Fair Oaks, . For even more, check out the Fair Oaks: Then & Now topic page.

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Eve March 12, 2012 at 03:21 PM
It is flat surrounded by Oaks...maybe where the airport used to be?
Jim Pearce March 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Joshua always likes a hint, so - the tennis court was pretty close to the Village - might even be in the Village........
Joshua Staab (Editor) March 12, 2012 at 10:58 PM
That's a pretty good hint, if you ask me. I'm pretty excited to find out the answer!
Jim Pearce March 13, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Well, we're not getting too worked up here. I guess we need another clue. The early California explorer, friend of Kit Carson, and candidate for President of the United States, John Charles Freemont, stopped over for a round of tennis at the Fair Oaks Tennis Club. Any help?
BrendanM March 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Very interesting. I have never seen this photo before. If THE John C Freemont played tennis here, that would mean this court dates back to maybe the mid 1850's. Was this tennis court really around then? I'll have to give this one a lot of thought before guessing, but I'm thinking west of The Village.
Jim Pearce March 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Actually, hint #2 was something of a riddle. But, if Freemont had played tennis there and missed a return, he might have had to chase the ball all the way down to the Fair Oaks Bridge. I'll give everyone another day.
BrendanM March 13, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Haha! I get it. I suppose it would be on the corner of Bridge and Temescal, home of the Fremont Building! They'd be chasing balls all day in that spot. I'd love to see more pictures of that if they exist.
Laura Wiemer March 15, 2012 at 04:17 AM
BrendanM--you are an AMAZING Fair Oaks Historian in training! Nice!
BrendanM March 15, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Thanks Laura, but it was all Jim. I just put the pieces together. I really had no idea that ever existed.


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