The City of West Hollywood takes pride in hosting the third-ever WeHo Pride Tennis Tournament — a United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned tournament. The tournament marks a milestone in the significant advances made in including LGBT athletes in mainstream sports associations and leagues.
The WeHo Pride Tennis Tournament will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Plummer Park’s tennis courts, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The tournament will include singles open to all, and doubles open to same-gender couples.
iTennis will host an open house and free tennis clinics for kids and adults on Sunday, June 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. After the clinics, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a players’ reception and men’s and women’s open championship matches. The LGBT Women’s Round Robin will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) made history in January 2015 by adding same-gender couples doubles tournaments to its sanctioned list of competitive events in its popular adult division; prior to that, adult family doubles teams were husband-and-wife teams.
The WeHo Pride Tennis Tournament is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division and the City’s tennis partner, iTennis, which offers a diverse range of tennis programming. Tennis courts are a feature of two public parks in the City: 1) Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, has seven lighted tennis courts and a small pro-shop where tennis-related services are offered to the community; and 2) West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard, has three lighted tennis courts on the rooftop of its five-story public parking structure.
The tournament takes place during the City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride festival, which runs for 40 days — it opened on Monday, May 22, 2017 in celebration of Harvey Milk Day and it runs through Friday, June 30, 2017, which marks the end of Pride month. A complete list of One City One Pride events is available at www.weho.org/pride.
The WeHo Pride Tennis Tournament also takes place one week before Christopher Street West’s annual LA Pride Celebration in West Hollywood on Saturday, June 10, 2017 and on Sunday, June 11, 2017 and #ResistMarch, which will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017. For information, please visit www.lapride.org and www.resistmarch.org.
To register for the WeHo Pride Tennis Tournament, enter online at www.itennisweho.com with the Tournament ID number 650006817, or call the iTennis pro shop at (323) 450-7560.
For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s tennis programs, please contact Chris Worland, Acting Recreation Manager at (323) 848-6511. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.