Tennis at the Sports Club

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Tennis at the Gray Plantation Sports Club has become as one of Lake Charles leading facilities by distinguishing itself in its offerings of exciting recreational activities for those of all ages, interests and experience.

With 10 outdoor lighted courts—including eight hydro-clay and two hard courts—we pride ourselves on offering the complete experience. No matter if you’re interested in casual play, private instruction, intensive clinics, or competitive tournament play. Visit the Tennis Pro Shop to upgrade your gear before hitting the courts.

Members can hone their skills with our resident tennis pro and director of tennis, Kevin Gillette, who comes to Lake Charles with a robust professional career.

Before working up the ranks as a USPTA-certified Club Tennis Professional, Kevin competed successfully at the collegiate level as an All-American at Long Beach State. In college, he scored wins over future pros Patrick McEnroe and Luke Jensen. He also won the 1987 Fiesta Bowl doubles title with partner Pete Sampras and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.

Court Schedule

Monday–Friday
8:00am—9:00pm
Weekends
8:00am—9:00pm

Dress Code

All players must wear proper court shoes while in the tennis area. No sandals, running shoes or any other shoes are allowed on the courts. Proper attire is required for all players. Cutoffs are not allowed on the courts.

Reservation a Court

Courts may be reserved in 30 minute increments for up to an hour and a half.

Limit one court time per day may be reserved by any one member, no more than 3 days in advance. Court times only can be reserved, not specific courts. The person reserving the court for a group must be a member.

All guests must be accompanied by the member and are required to register at the Front Desk prior to using the tennis courts. The same guest may not visit more than 6 times in any one year.

Members wishing to use the facilities are required to check in at the pro shop desk prior to entering the tennis area. Call the front desk at 337-562-1663 to reserve your tennis court.

Tennis Academy at Gray Plantation

Kevin Gillete

Kevin Gillete, director of tennis, spent his career increasing tennis participation among young enthusiasts. In 2017 he was named the USTA Boys 18’s National Team Coach for the Southern Section and USTA National Boys and Girls Intersectional Coach. He also coached junior tennis player Stevie Johnson, who went on to play on the U.S. Davis Cup team.

Kevin and his team of professionals will be very direct in teaching juniors how to work as a team to accomplish more. While tennis is an individual sport, each player has a responsibility to each other when on a team. When one player is not doing their best, it affects the rest of the team.

Once Kevin feels that the group of juniors is ready to be leaders, they will be asked to mentor players in other groups through hitting balls with them and engaging in gameplay. In order for a player to reach their maximum potential, they need to become leaders and mentor juniors that are less experienced than them.

Tony Eisiliones

Tony Eisiliones has taught and coached tennis for more than 20 years. He works with players of all ages and abilities. Eisiliones is a past USPTA Louisiana 10 & Under Coach of the Year. He brings to the Gray Plantation Sports Club his self-created Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) approach, crafted from years of coaching.

Eisiliones is a Sulphur High graduate who studied at McNeese State University, then served as assistant coach for the McNeese women’s tennis team for four years. He left for Atlanta to coach at the U.S. Tennis Association’s Development Center at Racquet Club of the South He later was recruited to become director of video analysis at IMG Academy, the acclaimed Florida training center founded by Nicholas Bollettieri.

Tony Eisiliones

Tony Eisiliones has taught and coached tennis for more than 20 years. He works with players of all ages and abilities. Eisiliones is a past USPTA Louisiana 10 & Under Coach of the Year. He brings to the Gray Plantation Sports Club his self-created Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) approach, crafted from years of coaching.

Eisiliones is a Sulphur High graduate who studied at McNeese State University, then served as assistant coach for the McNeese women’s tennis team for four years. He left for Atlanta to coach at the U.S. Tennis Association’s Development Center at Racquet Club of the South He later was recruited to become director of video analysis at IMG Academy, the acclaimed Florida training center founded by Nicholas Bollettieri.

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