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    Springing into Tennis

    TonyThe Gay and Lesbian Tennis Federation, one of the largest LGBT sports organizations in San Francisco, has a full events calendar for the spring that promises to be a blast for tennis players and fans alike. First up is the “Bunny Hop” this Saturday, April 4, from 9am to 1pm at San Francisco State University. This is a special one-day mixed doubles event with plenty of tennis, lunch, an awards ceremony and sweet spring-themed treats for all.

    On the third Friday of every month, the Federation offers social doubles. The next one is on April 17, when members and non-members alike can meet on the great rooftop courts at 645 Fifth Street at 6:30pm. The free event goes on until 9pm. It’s a very good way to “test drive” the club if you’re considering joining.

    In May, the 35th United States Gay Open will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 22–25 at Golden Gate Park. The USGO is the second oldest LGBT tournament in the world and is part of the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance tournament circuit. The Federation holds that “parties, lovely folks, great gear, and lots and lots of tennis representing all levels of play will be there! If you are a wily USGO veteran or brand new to a GLTA event, it is a fun, intense, thrilling weekend!”

    1-PHOTO-Tennis-US Gay OpenIf you go, you might meet Dennis Sanchez, who is the new president of the GLTF. He has participated in their tennis events since 2002, and joined the board in 2014. Dennis played collegiate-level tennis for two different colleges. He brings tremendous enthusiasm and talent to the federation.

    There’s also good tennis-related news right here in the Castro. The GLTF has been making significant improvements to the courts at 15th and Buena Vista Terrace. With so much sunny spring weather, now is the perfect time to pull out your racket and play a few sets with friends. It’s easy to get hooked! Check out for more information about the GLTF, including how to join this venerable, well-organized LGBT sports federation.

    Tony Jasinski is the former president of the San Francisco Gay Basketball League.