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Althea Gibson Tennis Complex

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3405A  Park Avenue
Wilmington, NC   28403   Phone: 910.341.4631  (TDD 341.7873/TTY 711) Fax: 910.341.4639      Tari Ann Toro-Steinmetz  (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.

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.

Court Fees:

  • $4.50 for 90 minutes for New Hanover County residents

Junior Programs

Will resume in Spring 2019


Adaptive Tennis Clinics

Every Thursday February - November from 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. on courts 11-13
More info: contact Billie Fitzsimons at


Upcoming Try Tennis Clinics

Great for beginners and/or players that haven’t played tennis in a while.
Cost: $40 per session includes 6 - one hour clinics, a racquet, and a t-shirt

Mondays 10-11 am
Session 1: Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4 (rain make up 3/ 11)
Session 2: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 (rain make up 4/29)

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30 pm
Session 1: Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 (rain make up 3/13)
Session 2: March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24 (rain make up 5/1)

Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 am
Session 1: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, (rain make up 4/ 23)

Register Online  go to

Empie Park Projects Underway:

Empie Park Phase II

Work on Empie Park Phase II project is underway.  The project is a continuation of the 2006 Empie Park Parks Bond Project and includes:

  • 5 additional tennis courts with lights
  • Connection between Park Avenue and Wrightsville Ave
  • Sixty one (61) additional parking spaces
  • Sidewalk connections that will connect to the Cross City Trail. 

The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2019. 

The project cost is $1,081,000 which is funded by the city’s  Capital Improvement Program.  No closures are scheduled for Empie Park, the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex or the Cross City Trail.  Construction trucks will be using Caswell Street as their point of entry/exit to the construction area. 



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 or call 341.4631. 

Ball Machine Rental

Ball Machine Rental Prices: $10 per hour of use and includes court rental

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.



2018 Tournaments & Events

Please see calendar below that shows tournaments & events.   Printable List 

Adaptive Tennis Clinics

More info: contact Billie Fitzsimons at
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