Indian Creek Tennis and Swim Club will hold its first Open House and Tennis Exhibition this week.
The event will start Wednesday and run till Saturday, owner and resident tennis pro Don Campbell said. The four-day event will be composed of daily tennis events that will lead up to the grand finale â€” an exhibition tournament featuring Tim Wilkison, former U.S. Open semi-finalist.
Wilkison grew up in Shelby and was U.S. 16 and under champion. He turned pro at the age of 17.
Wilkison played the ATP tour for 15 years. He won six singles and nine doubles titles during his pro career.
He had wins over Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Yannick Noah, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendl and Stefan Edberg.
After his ATP career, Wilkison played on the Senior Tour and still competes in those events.
He won two singles and 10 doubles titles on the Senior Tour and boasts wins over Jimmy Conners and John McEnroe.
Wilkison is currently the director of tennis at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, where his duties include coaching junior players who plan on playing tennis in college.
The schedule for the Open House and Tennis Exhibition is as follows:
Â· Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. â€” Menâ€™s Round Robin
Â· Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. â€” Ladiesâ€™ Day featuring a Womenâ€™s Round Robin Tournament
Â· Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon â€” Junior/Senior doubles
Â· Saturday, noon â€” Open house party, featuring a junior tennis carnival, live radio remote, free hot dogs, prizes and giveaways.
Winners from the previous three days will be able to play with or against Wilkison in an exhibition match Saturday.
The cost to play in the tournament is $5 for Indian Creek members at $10 for nonmembers. Everyone who participates will receive a t-shirt and refreshments.
The event is sponsored by Century 21 Town and Country Realty, Nachamie and Whitley P.L.L.C. Attorneys at Law, Shuford and Lewis, P.A. Attorneys at Law and First Federal Savings Bank.
Indian Creek Tennis and Swim Club is located on Riverview Road off N.C. 150 West.
To sign up or for more information, call Campbell at 828-464-7953 or 828-381-4655.by Staff Reports