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-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.

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

Little Aces  (ages 5-7): 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.        Register Online 

Super Aces : (ages 8-13): 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.    Register Online 

Each session is 6 clinics which are offered on Mondays/Wednesdays

Session: 10/2, 10/4, 10/9, 10/11, 10/16, 10/18
Session: 10/30; 11/1, 11/6, 11/8, 11/13, 11/15 

*Note makeup dates will take place in event of inclement weather

Cost: $60/session (total for 6 clinics)

 


Clinics for Adults

Cardio Tennis

Cardio Tennis (morning)
Join us for a fun, high energy workout which will focus on improving your tennis skills, footwork, and endurance

Monday dates: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30; 11/6, 11/13, 11/27 Time: 9am-10am   
Cost: $11/clinic  Pre-registration required. 

 

Doubles Clinics

Doubles Strategy Clinics (morning)
Clinics will focus on doubles fundamentals such as high percentage shot selection, proper positioning, and improving net skills.

Monday dates:  10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30; 11/6, 11/13, 11/27
Time: 10 am -11 am   Cost: $11/clinic  

3.0-3.5 Doubles Strategy Clinics (evening)
(Must be in the 3.0-3.5 rating range)
Monday dates:  9/25; 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30; 11/6, 11/13, 11/27
Time:  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm   Cost: $11/clinic  Pre-registration required.

Beginner Clinics

Beginner 1 Tennis Clinics
This clinic is for beginners (little or no tennis experience)
Session starts on Monday 9/11/17 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:  $60/session (total of 6 clinics)    

Beginner 2 Clinics (evening)
(Must be in the 2.5-3.0 rating range, have some tennis experience or have completed Beg. Tennis 1)
Monday dates: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/27
Time:  6:30 pm -7:30 pm  Cost:   $11/clinic   

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.

 

Adaptive Tennis Clinics

Every Thursday from 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. on courts 11-13
More info: contact Billie Fitzsimons at adaptivetenniswilm@gmail.com

Tennis for life (TFL)

TFL is an active support group for breast cancer survivors who have never played before, haven’t played in a while,
or play all the time.  This is a G.W.T.A sponsored program.

Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m.

Dates: 9/12, 10/10, 11/7, 12/5

 

Upcoming Tournaments

Sept. 16-17        City of Wilmington Fall Jr. Classic (L4)

September 22     GWTA Autumn Crush L6

Oct. 12              Mid-Eastern Girls High School Conference Tournament

October 20         East Regional Girls High School Championships 

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 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.


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