Gay Tennis Players Compete in Miami Art Deco Open

Miami Mavericks Tennis Club

More than 250 participants are expected to take part in this weekend’s Miami Art Deco Open. A signature event for the Miami Mavericks Tennis Club, the Miami Art Deco Open is a tennis tournament sanctioned by the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA) and this weekend marks the tournament’s 20th anniversary.

“Tennis is a great way to get out and meet people,” said Marc Brown, tournament organizer. “It’s a singular sport, but very social too. It’s great physical exercise and leads to a healthy lifestyle.”

Held on the hard courts of Crandon Park in Key Biscayne where the pros gather every year for the Miami (formerly Sony) Open, the Miami Art Deco Open features five divisions of competition for women and men in singles and doubles play.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Brown said.

A non-profit organization established in 1989, the Miami Mavericks Tennis Club exists to promote national and international tennis competition with a healthy lifestyle in Miami-Dade County. This weekend’s Miami Art Deco Open helps the club reach its goal of providing a safe and fun outlet to the youth and adults of the LGBT community through the sport of tennis.

Those who follow the sport are aware of several professional tennis stars who are openly gay, most notably lesbians Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova and Hana Mandlikova. Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, recently wed longtime partner Julia Lemigova in New York.

Want to Go?
: Miami Art Deco Open
When: Friday, Jan. 16 to Monday, Jan. 19
Where: Crandon Park Tennis Park, Key Biscayne
Cost: Free
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