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Pride Month

 

 

Pride Month


In celebration of Pride Month throughout June, USTA.com salutes all of those in the LGBTQ+ community whose talents and dedication help to grow our game every day—at every level. We applaud them all for making tennis a better and more inclusive sport, and for making the face of our game more accurately reflect the dynamic diversity of our country.

Be Open

The USTA's Be Open Campaign highlights those who exemplify the spirit of "being open" and is designed to inspire others to be a catalyst for change and create a better future for us all.
  • Midwest
    Pride: Queen City Open
    June 30, 2021
    Preparations for the 2021 Queen City Open are in full swing! Scheduled for Cincinnati, Ohio in September, everyone is welcome to participate—without judgement for your sexuality or skill level. The tournament is part of the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance World Tour, created to promote diversity and acceptance through tennis. Read More
  • National
    Pride panel a huge success
    June 30, 2021
    Five local leaders in USTA sections and districts came together to discuss the LGBTQ+ community in tennis in a virtual panel event hosted by the USTA's Partners BRG to close out Pride Month. Read More
  • Florida
    Pride: Bobby Blair
    June 29, 2021
    Bobby Blair is a former world-ranked professional tennis player and elite junior player from Orlando, Fla., who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nev. In 2014, Blair published Hiding Inside the Baseline, his compelling memoir that detailed his turbulent journey as a gay athlete and businessman who didn’t come out until he was in his late 40s. Read More
  • National
    Volunteers on Pride Month
    June 28, 2021
    Three USTA grassroots volunteers in the LGBTQ+ community, whose dedication to the sport helps to keep our game growing strong, speak in their own words about what tennis and Pride Month mean to them. Read More
  • Missouri Valley
    Pride: Scott Strough
    June 28, 2021
    For Scott Strough, tennis and strong friendships gave him the courage to come out in college. He encourages others to not live in fear. Read More
  • National
    Pride Spotlight: Gay Games
    June 25, 2021
    At the 2022 Gay Games, slated for Hong Kong in November, all are welcome to compete—regardless of skill level or sexual orientation. The 11th edition of the event will continue the Federation of Gay Games’ mission to promote equality, diversity and inclusion through sport. Read More
  • National
    Pride: Michael Fiur
    June 24, 2021
    If you’ve ever enjoyed a show-stopping musical performance on Opening Night, a commemorative on-court ceremony honoring a tennis legend, or an Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open, Michael Fiur is among those who helped make it possible. Read More
  • Eastern
    Pride: Papi Tennis
    June 23, 2021
    It's only been around for four years, but in that time, Papi Tennis—an all-inclusive tennis group based in the Bronx—has attracted over 1000 members and changed the lives of many. Read More
  • Florida
    Pride: Marilyn Rubin
    June 22, 2021
    Marilyn Rubin of North Miami Beach took up tennis later in life at the age of 67 and continues to play today at 74 years old. She is a member of the Miami Mavericks, a non-profit tennis organization that offers organized tennis activities and social events to enhance tennis play in the Miami area. Read More
  • National
    LGBTQ+ panel on June 28
    June 21, 2021
    Hosted by the USTA's Partners Business Resource Group (BRG), the 'LGBTQ Life in the Tennis Ecosystem' panel will host five local tennis activists and administrators to speak on how they're growing the game at the grassroots levels. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Instant Match with Tennis
    June 18, 2021
    This Pride Month we are celebrating with the entire LGBTQ+ community in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. We salute those whose talents and commitment help grow tennis at every level while making our sport a better and more inclusive environment. Read More
  • Midwest
    Pride: Zdravko Coric
    June 17, 2021
    Zdravko Coric is the treasurer and tournament director at Second City Tennis (SCT) — a Chicago-based organization focused on creating and supporting social and competitive tennis programming for LGBTQIA+ and allied communities. SCT is in charge of Second City Tennis Classic, the largest tournament in the region sanctioned by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association. Read More
  • Midwest
    Pride: Tuan Ngo
    June 16, 2021
    Tuan Ngo is the president of Second City Tennis (SCT) — a Chicago-based organization focused on creating and supporting social and competitive tennis programming for LGBTQIA+ and allied communities. SCT is in charge of Second City Tennis Classic, the largest tournament in the region sanctioned by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association. Read More
  • Florida
    Pride: Henri Pichal
    June 15, 2021
    Tampa native Henri Pichal is the Chairman of Advantage Tampa Bay, a Florida non-profit that promotes recreational tennis both in the Tampa Bay Area and through the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance. Read More
  • National
    Pride: Ed Neppl
    June 14, 2021
    To celebrate Pride Month, USTA.com is spotlighting USTA administrators who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and the role that they play in making tennis a welcoming space for all. Rounding out the series is Chief Financial Officer Ed Neppl. Read More
  • Missouri Valley
    Pride: Tennis for All
    June 11, 2021
    This Pride Month we talk tennis & breaking barriers with Bill Towler, Vice Chairman of the USTA Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Towler discusses making tennis accessible to everyone. Read More
  • Northern
    Pride: Stonewall Tennis
    June 11, 2021
    Through his vision for a welcoming and inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ community, Scott Sundstrom brought Stonewall Tennis Minneapolis to life. Read More
  • Florida
    Pride: Natasha Torres
    June 10, 2021
    Natasha Torres has been playing tennis for more than 10 years and is an active player at the Lauderdale Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale. Read More
  • National
    Pride: Andrew Walker
    June 07, 2021
    To celebrate Pride Month, USTA.com, in conjunction with the USTA’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Department and Partners Business Resource Group (BRG) is spotlighting USTA administrators who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and the role that they play in making tennis a welcoming space for all. Up next in the series is Andrew Walker, Deputy Chief Umpire of the US Open. Read More
  • Texas
    Sets in the City - Dallas
    June 04, 2021
    Sets In The City is a lesbian tennis group located in the DFW area that offers free social tennis for women of all skill levels and all ages. Read More
  • National
    Love, Lead: Be Open
    June 04, 2021
    This Pride Month, we revisit a powerful video vignette from our 2020 "Be Open" campaign. With footage from the 2019 US Open Pride event, held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, it features some of the most prominent trailblazers in the LGBTQ+ tennis community, including King. Read More
  • National
    Pride: Speicher, Nguyen
    June 04, 2021
    Graduating seniors John Speicher and Anh Nguyen both penned essays for outsports.com, detailing their respective experiences as college athletes at Division I Dartmouth and Division III Fontbonne University. Read More
  • Southern
    Pride Month: Atlanta
    June 03, 2021
    A wide-ranging interview with Beaury Talley and Lynn Adams of the Atlanta Team Tennis Assn, the leading organization in Atlanta's LGBT tennis community. Read More
  • National
    Pride: Marilyn Sherman
    June 02, 2021
    To celebrate Pride Month, USTA.com is spotlighting USTA administrators who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and the role that they play in making tennis a welcoming space for all. Kicking off the series is USTA League National Promotions Manager Marilyn Sherman. Read More
  • Florida
    Pride: David Chen
    June 02, 2021
    David Chen of Fort Lauderdale is an active member of the South Florida Tennis Club and regularly participates in GLTA (Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance) tennis tournaments across the globe. Read More
  • National
    GLTA's Liberty Open
    June 01, 2021
    The Liberty Open, part of the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) Tour, is hosted by the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Read More
  • Missouri Valley / St. Louis
    Love Wins for TSL
    May 28, 2021
    Team Saint Louis will be new to offering tennis programming in the St. Louis area, but is starting off in a big way - with the annual Love Wins tournament. The LGBTQ non-profit organization also plans to kick off adult beginner programming over the summer. Read More


    Be Open

    The USTA's Be Open Campaign highlights those who exemplify the spirit of "being open" and is designed to inspire others to be a catalyst for change in creating a better future for us all. 

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