Althea Gibson Tennis Complex

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3405  Park Avenue
Wilmington, NC   28403
Phone: 910.341.4631  (TDD 341.7873/TTY 711)
Fax: 910.341.4639
info@empiepark.com      BROCHURE
Tari Ann Toro (bio) - Tennis Complex Manager

Althea Gibson moved to Wilmington in 1946 to attend high school and work on her tennis game with Dr. Hubert A. Eaton. She was a trailblazing athlete who became the first African-American to win Wimbledon, the French Open, the Australian Doubles and the US Open in the late 1950’s.

The complex has:

  • 19 tennis courts with lights
  • 1500 sq. ft. clubhouse with lounge, meeting room, and snack counter

Courts are open to the public on a walk up basis at no charge. You may also reserve a court for a fee.

Court Fees:

  • City Taxpayer: $4.50 for 90 minutes
  • Non-City Tax Payer: $9 for 90 minutes

AGTC Clubhouse  Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tennis Courts are open from sunrise to 11:00 pm.


Junior Programs

All clinics require pre-registration.  For more information, call 341.4631.


Little Aces Clinic (5-8 year olds)  Cost:  $60/session  Register Online

These clinics are a great way to improve your child’s hand/eye coordination, meet new friends, and have fun.  Clinics will focus on the introduction of basic strokes such as forehands, backhands, volleys, and overheads.

Days: Mondays & Wednesdays
Session 1: 9/12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Session 2: 10/10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Session 3: 11/2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21
Times: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

 

 

 

Super Aces Clinic (9-12 year olds)  Cost:  $60/session  Register Online

 These clinics are a level above the LITTLE ACES TENNIS CLINICS. General stroke mechanics will be reinforced along with an introduction to Quick Start score keeping, games, and some match play. This clinic will definitely get your child ready to play Quick Start tournaments!

Days: Mondays and Wednesdays 

Session 1: 9/12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Session 2: 10/10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
Session 3: 11/2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21
Times: 4:45 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.


Adult Beginner Tennis Clinics

Ages: 16 and up  Cost: $77/session  Register Online
Days: Mondays  Session 1: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26; 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 &10/24
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

All clinics require pre-registration. Questions?  Please call 341.4631.

3.5-4.0 Doubles Strategy Clinic

The clinic will focus on doubles strategy, positioning, and point play.
Days:  9/12, 9/19, 9/26; 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 & 10/24
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cost:  $11/per clinic.  Pre-registration required  Register Online

Free Doubles Drop-in Play

There is free open doubles play for Sr. Men on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 11:00 am on courts 9, 10, 11, and 12. There is also free open doubles play for Sr. Women on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am -10:30 am on Courts 2, 3 & 4.


Upcoming Tournaments

September:

October:

  • 1-2:     UNCW Club Championships 
  • 13       Girls High School Conference Touranment
  • 20       Girls High School Regional Touranment
  • 28-29   5th annual Trick or Treat Charity Doubles Tournament

November:

  • 3-6 & NC Combo Southern Championships
  • 10-13 NC Combo Southern Championships
  • 18     USTA Play Day

December:


Tennis Complex Volunteers

LOOKING FOR TENNIS VOLUNTEERS!  The Althea Gibson Tennis Complex is one of the fastest growing tennis parks in the area, and with your help, we can continue to grow!  We have very exciting events taking place this upcoming year and we would love for you to participate.

If you are interested in more information, and/or would like to volunteer, please email Tari Ann at info@empiepark.com or call 341.4631


Ball Machine Rental

Ball Machine Rental Prices: $10 per hour of use

Ball Machine Rental Rules:

  • Subject to a limited number of blackout dates. 
  • Can only be rented during tennis clubhouse operating hours
  • Entitles 1 hour of daily use of the ball machine 
  • Ball Machine renter must be present on court and participating if another player is present. 
  • No transfers allowed. 
  • Reservations may be made up to 1 day in advance. 
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


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