This isn’t boring country club tennis — it’s way better (and a little gayer, probably).
The Miami Mavericks Tennis Club can be found in various tennis courts throughout Miami-Dade County. Founded in 1989 in an effort to bring together a “tennis playing community of LGBT individuals,” the MMTC is a non-profit tennis organization, guided by a group of member volunteersthat hosts several tennis activities and social events for its members. Recognizing that their group is “judged not by the quantity of members we enroll, but by the quality each individual experiences as a member,” they welcome tennis players of all levels, with multiple areas for beginners and Open players.
One can usually find the Mavericks any given Friday night playing in Flamingo Park, in Miami. “Mavies Friday Night Tennis” is a weekly staple of the club, lasting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. LGBT tennis players of all levels play with and against each other in an inclusive social setting, all the while honing their game.
In addition to Friday night tennis, the MMTC also organize and participate in various tournaments and events throughout the year. The Miami Art Deco Open is played over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, coinciding with the Art Deco weekend in Miami Beach. The tournament attracts GLTA (Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance) players from all over the globe.
Don’t forget to also catch them at the Miami Flamingo Open, played on South Beach's Flamingo Park over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. It’s to be a three day tournament alongside other sporting events to comprise the first Miami Flamingo Games, an LGBT sporting event taking place in South Beach May 24-26.
Whether you’re an old pro at tennis, or you haven’t touched a racket in a million years, it doesn’t matter — if you’re a tennis player of any kind, and you happen to be gay (not that they would discourage non-LGBT players, should they apply for membership), then the Miami Mavericks Tennis Club is the place you’ve been looking for all this time.
Visit www.MiamiMavericksTennis.com for more information.