The final call has gone out for tennis players from the the LGBTI community to register for the Australasian Gay and Lesbian Open (AGLO) to be held during Feburary this year.
The event that has been touted as the biggest LGBTI tennis event in the Southern Hemipshere has already attracted over 200 players from across the globe. Entrants from Canada, the United States and United Kingdom to Thailand and South Africa have already registered for the 3 day event.
The AGLO is being held as a part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival that is celebrating its 35 year in 2013.
Held in the world-class facilities of the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre that is currently hosting the Sydney Apia International, the Open will run from February 15 to 17. The tournament is open to all grades; Open, A to D and Over 40s and will be conducted in accordance with the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA) rules and regulations.
Anti-homophobia advocate, writer and avid tennis player Daniel Witthaus, who has competed in previous gay and lesbian tennis competitions including the 2009 Gay Games and has won gold at the world Out Games and Asia-Pacific Out Games and will be competing at the tournament, highly recommends those interested to register for the competition.
“The AGLO is great not only for the serious players, but also for those who are coming back to the sport after a break or those who just want to try it out for the first time…The great thing about GLTA events is that they cater from beginners through to open level players.” Witthaus told the Star Observer.
Entry numbers are limited for all singles and doubles events and registrations close on January 23. Entry is $60 for the first event and $35 for the second.
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