Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

25 May 2012 / United States Gay Open at Stanford University

The 2012 United States Gay Open
Memorial Weekend, May 25-28, 2012
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

Info and registration HERE.

Memorial Day Weekend means many things to many people. For some, it is a time of reflection and appreciation of the sacrifices made by others. For others, it is a time to escape to a warm beach somewhere and unwind and relax. But for many gay and lesbian tennis players from far and wide, Memorial Day Weekend has come to mean tennis. A weekend of fabulous tennis. For thirty-two years San Francisco’s Gay & Lesbian Tennis Federation has, on Memorial Day Weekend, hosted the United States Gay Open. Known as the USGO, this tennis tournament is one of the oldest and most prestigious gay and lesbian sporting events in the world. The event attracts hundreds of tennis players from across the United States, and from countries around the world. These players come to play and watch great tennis, make new friends, and enjoy all that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.

In recent years the tournament has often been held at Stanford University’s Taube Tennis Stadium. It will once again take place at Taube Stadium this year. There is really only one word to describe Taube Stadium – breathtaking. It is the host of the professional women’s Bank of the West Tennis Tournament – where Serena, Kim, Venus, and Victoria have all shined. The stadium is a sea of beautiful blue courts surrounded by comfortable stadium seats and, of course, Palo Alto’s sunshine.

There may be plenty of reasons for the enduring popularity of the USGO, but the simplest explanation is usually the best explanation. And the simple explanation here is that the USGO is fun. It is epic, it is exciting, it is historic, it is all that – but most of all it is fun. So what are you doing on Memorial Day Weekend? Grab your racquet and come on out to Stanford. And let’s have fun.

The USGO is North America’s largest LGBT tennis tournament and is a GLTA-sanctioned event. If you would like to help with this year’s USGO, please join our tournament committee. Help is needed with fundraising, publicity, organizing, entertainment and much more. Contact Alex Lin at usgo@gltf.org.

1 comment:

Martha E. said...

Thanks Marc for spreading the word, it is great event and you feel like a real tennis star playing at the Stanford courts!