John McEnroe will get $50,000 for playing in the N.C. Azalea Festival exhibition match against ATP World Tour player Todd Martin, according to Lenny Simpson, former Wilmington resident who set up the match.
That price is actually cheap for someone of McEnroe’s stature. The tennis great came at a discount because of his relationship with Simpson and his support for the charitable cause of enhancing tennis facilities at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex at Empie Park in Wilmington.
The $50,000 for McEnroe is coming from several places, Simpson said: sponsorships from the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association; the Wilmington Azalea festival; and individual sponsors. In addition, any funds previously donated to the GWTA with the intent to go toward renovating the Althea Gibson Tennis Center are included in that pot.
Revenue from the match will go toward completing the second phase of the center, which includes a finished center court, a lifestyle skills facility, a computer lab, a building to house the center’s after-school care program and six more clay courts, according to Simpson.
Date posted: March 14, 2011
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