Australia’s largest gay and lesbian tennis club, Tennis Sydney, will host the Australasian Gay and Lesbian Open 2013 (Incorporating the Mardi Gras Championships) at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, February 15 – 17 2013.

The event has been developed to reflect the consistent growth in the Mardi Gras Championships over recent years (from 118 players in 2010 to a current tally of 174 players) and to reflect the support Tennis Sydney has received from the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA), the international organisation that manages the gay tennis circuit.

“The GLTA executive board of directors have been impressed with how Tennis Sydney has gone from strength to strength over the years in developing its tennis programs and tournaments to truly professional levels with increasing player entries each year,” Florida-based GLTA Commissioner Dan Merrithew said.

“The GLTA is very supportive of Tennis Sydney in its efforts to develop the 2013 Australasian Gay and Lesbian Open as the premier event for their region, and without reserve will assist it in its planning and promotion of the event through the GLTA worldwide network.”

Tennis Sydney tournament director Dean Matterson told the Star Observer that the club’s committee saw an opportunity for an Australasian event in 2013 in Sydney to complement the just-announced Darwin Asia-Pacific Outgames for May 2014.

“The Open also fits well within the wider gay and lesbian tennis and world sports calendar in the coming years,” Matterson said.

“Securing Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre as the venue will ensure our members and visiting players experience world-class tennis facilities that will prepare them for future regional and international tournaments.”

Entry for the 2013 Australasian Gay and Lesbian Open will open in August.

INFO: www.tennissydney.org.au

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