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:

  • $4.50 for 90 minutes for New Hanover County residents
  • $9.00 for 90 minutes for non New Hanover County residents

AGTC  Clubhouse  Hours:

Winter Hours (Dec. 1 - Feb. 29)
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fridays: Closed
Saturdays: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Hours March 1- November 30
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 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 (ages 5-7)

 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   Times: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Cost: $90/session (includes 9, 1-hr clinics)
Session 1: March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; April 3
Session 2: April 17, 19, 24, 26; May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15

 

 

 

Super Aces Clinic (ages 8-12)

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 & Wednesdays   Times: 4:45 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.
Cost: $90/session (includes 9, 1-hr clinics)
Session 1: March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29; April 3
Session 2: April 17, 19, 24, 26; May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15

Saturday Kids Clinics

Little Aces (ages 5-7) from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Super Aces (ages 8-12) from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30am

Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8   Cost: $60/session


Clinics for Adults

Doubles Strategy Clinic (level -  3.0 & 3.5)

The clinic will focus on doubles strategy, positioning, and point play.
Cost:  $11/per clinic.  Pre-registration required  Register Online

Spring Dates:   March 6, 13, 20 & 27     April 3, 10, 17 & 24   Time:  5:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.

 
Adult Beginner Tennis Clinics

Mondays from 630 -730 pm
Dates: March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24  
Cost: $88/session (includes 8, 1-hour clinic)  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.
 
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Tennis Camp

June 19 -23   9 am - 12 noon
Ages:  5 - 17   Cost:  $150   Register Online

Questions?  Please call 341.4631

All skill levels welcome from beginner to tournament player. 

Activities include:
- Daily Drilling
- Match Play
- Games
- Prizes!
There will be a low player to coach ratio so that you can receive high quality instruction.

About the Camp Director:
Tari Ann Toro is the manager for the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park.  She  has coached for more than a decade at the highest level of collegiate and junior tennis, and played professionally after graduating from the College of William & Mary.  She coached for 5 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where
they won an NCAA doubles championship, and were consistently ranked top five as a team in the nation.  She enjoys working with all ages and levels and is really looking forward to making the tennis program at Empie Park one of the best in the state.


Upcoming Tournaments

March 17                  GWTA Play Day (4pm-5:30pm)
March 24:                 March Madness L6 Tournament     
April 7                       GWTA Junior L6 Tournament
April  21                    Hot Shots Jr. L6
April 27                     Mid-Eastern Boys High School Conference Tournament
April 29                     6th Annual Healthy Kids Day
May 5                        East Regional Boys High School Championships
May 19-21                8th Annual Smash Cancer Charity Tournament
June 16                     GWTA Junior Tournament L6
June 24-25               City of Wilmington Summer Championships (L5)
July 21                       GWTA Summer Sizzler L6
July 28 - 30                NC State Adult NTRP Championships
August 25                  GWTA Play Day
September 16-17   City of Wilmington Fall Jr. Classic (L4)
September 22         GWTA Autumn Crush L6
October 20                GWTA Play Day
October 27-28          6th Annual Trick or Treat Tournament
November 2-5          NC Combo Southern Championships
November 9-12        NC Combo Southern Championships
December 1              GWTA Holiday Smash L6

 

 

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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