Texas Open 2012
Howdy from the Great State of Texas! Plan on attending one of the oldest tennis events on the 2012 GLTA World Tour and we'll show you some good old country boot scootin' fun, both on and off the tennis courts!!
Texas Open 2012 Tournament Schedule of Events:
We're happy you've chosen the Texas Open 2012, one of over 70 events on the GLTA World Tour. Here's the schedule for this year's Texas Open 2012. We recommend you go to www.facebook.com/texasopen and like the tournament page and/or go to Twitter and sign up to receive notices from @texasopen. We'll be using these media to communicate with any Texas Open change notices. In the event of inclement weather, this will be our sole means of up-to-the-minute communication. LB Houston Tennis Center will not have knowledge of the tournament schedule of events. For emergencies, contact mobile 214.477.4272, but there is no guarantee of any return text messages or return phone calls.
Thursday, October 4th - Texas Open 2012 Welcome Party, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Ray's Place Bar and Grille, Park Inn by Radisson Dallas Love Field (host hotel), 1241 W. Mockingbird
Activity: Receive your tournament swag bag, check out some of the Silent Auction and Raffle items, view the tournament draw, purchase your lunch meal ticket for use at LB Houston Tennis Center, take advantage of drink specials and the hors d'oeuvres, meet afterwards at Woody's Sportsbar (wear your special TO2012 orange blinking LED wristband) from 9pm-11pm for drinks, if you dare. Remember, tournament play begins at 8:00am. We abide by the USTA Rules, so arrive at least 15 minutes before your match begins. Time violations will be honored for all matches.
Friday, October 5th - Texas Open 2012 tournament play begins, 8:00am - ???pm
Location: LB Houston Tennis Center, 11225 Luna Rd.
Activity: If you missed the Welcome Party, check in at the tournament site to receive your complimentary tournament swag bag, purchase your lunch meal ticket, play your matches (based on your respective match schedule), visit the AIDS Memorial Quilt, watch your friends and friendamies play their matches
Evening Activities: Meet at Herrera's Mexican Restaurant, 7:30pm-9:00pm, for dinner, but dutch treat. Then, meet up at Woody's Sportsbar from 9:00pm-11:00pm for drinks.
Saturday, October 6th - Texas Open 2012 tournament play resumes, 8:00am - ???pm
Location: LB Houston Tennis Center, 11225 Luna Rd
Activity: Match tennis play continues, purchase your lunch meal ticket, play your matches in either the Main Draw or Consolation Singles or Doubles, visit the AIDS Memorial Quilt, watch your friends and friendamies play their matches
Evening Activities: Texas Open 2012 Tournament Banquet at Gilley's-Dallas, 1135 S. Lamar. Parking is $5 per car. Enter the banquet venue through the Palladium entrance. Banquet check-in begins about 6:30pm with CURE selling raffle tickets for the vast array of GLTA tournament entries and merchandise. Silent Auction and Raffle merchandise tables will be setup in the dining area. Cocktails (cash bar) from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Two Buffet serving lines open at 7:30pm. During Cocktails and Buffet service, Silent Auction will be held. Presentations will follow ending with the Raffle drawing of a wide variety of items. So, if you can't shop, you might walk away with tennis rackets, tennis shoes, music, DVDs, t-shirts, GLTA tournament entries, tennis gear, etc....After the tournament banquet, meet at Woody's for after-dinner drinks from 9:00pm-11:00pm.
Sunday, October 7th - Texas Open 2012 Tennis Finals, 9:00am - ???pm
Location: LB Houston Tennis Center, 11225 Luna Rd
Activity: Finals of Texas Open 2012 Main Draw and Consolation matches occur, watch your friends and friendamies play their matches
Evening Activities: Texas Open 2012 TGIO Post-Tournament Bash, 7:00pm-9:00p, Woody's Sports Bar
While your visiting in the Gayborhood, check out Hunky's and make a meal purchase. If you're wearing the Texas Open 2012 tournament orange blinking wristband, a portion of the proceeds will be given to CURE.
See you on the courts!!!!
Referral: If someone from the Oak Lawn Tennis Association referred you to our event, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, immediately after you submit your online entry.
Event Fees: Event Fees: Registration for 1 event will be $110.00, 2 events will be $125.00, 3 events will be $140.00 until the close of entry registration.
All players must register on line by September 24 to enter the tournament. Payment preferred online via Paypal. If pay by check please contact Carlos Banda (214.477.4272) and mail payment to TO2012 / POB 191234 / Dallas, TX 75219. Should the tournament reach capacity a waiting list will be maintained. A space will not be held in the draw until payment is received.
Complimentary entries are valid for only two events and were originally issued for two events. If the 3rd event (Mixed Doubles) is canceled, refunds will be issued at the TO2012 Registration Party.
Tournament Amenities: Each player will receive a complimentary player bag, tournament t-shirt, and entry to the tournament banquet. Other amenities will be announced at a later date.
Additional Fees: Additional TO2012 Tee will be $15.00. Banquet Guest will be $30.00.
Tournament Schedule: Match play will begin at 8:00 a.m., Friday, 5 October. All finals will be played on Sunday, 7 October, with matches completed by 4:00 p.m. Please make your travel plans accordingly.
Consolation Play: Consolation play will be offered for Men's/Women's singles/doubles teams who lose their first match in the main draw. Mixed Doubles events will not be offered Consolation Play. Play will begin on Sunday. The Consolation Singles/Doubles Champion and Consolation Singles/Doubles Finalist will receive an award at the completion of their match.
Divisions, Draw Size, and Guidelines: The TO2012 will accommodate a draw limited to 125 players. Divisions and draws may be consolidated if an insufficient number of participants register for a particular division.
Refunds: Refund of registration fee will not be allowed once the TO2012 Tournament Draw has been published. Nor will a refund be provided due to weather-related issues or issues beyond the control of the TO2012, Tournament Director, TO2012 Tournament Committee, Tournament Referees, OLTA, or LB Houston Tennis Center.
Hotel Information: Park Inn by Radisson Dallas Love Field / 1241 W. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX. With a rate of $79.00 + tax (update to a suite for an additional $20.00), amenities include complimentary daily breakfast at the Windows Cafe, complimentary shuttle, and host site of the Texas Open 2012 Welcome Party Thursday, October 4th. Reservations can be made by calling 214.630.7000, using code "Oak Lawn Tennis Association."
Banquet Information: To be announced at a later date.
Non-Profit Beneficiary: Howdy! The Texas Open is pleased to announce this year's non-profit 501(c)3 beneficiary is C.U.R.E. CURE's mission is to combat the continuing risks and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS by uniting cross generational and multi-cultured communities to spark social change while advocating for persons both affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, to enhance respect, dignity, and inclusion for everyone…everywhere, and to present the historical significance of the AIDS pandemic through the exhibit of the internationally recognized AIDS Memorial Quilt. We welcome their partnership with the Texas Open 2012 and look forward to a great event. Additional information for C.U.R.E. is available at www.curentx.org.
All main draw matches will be best two out of three sets, regular scoring with 12 point tiebreakers played at six games all. Match format modifications may be made at the discretion of the tournament committee due to weather or time related constraints.
Founded 14 October 1979, the Oak Lawn Tennis Association (OLTA) was the first tennis organization supporting and promoting gay and lesbian tennis activities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Since 1980, OLTA has played host to one of the first gay tennis tournament in the country known as the Texas Open. In 1981, OLTA inaugurated the Texas Cup with the Houston Tennis Club (HTC), an annual competition between the two cities. This event now includes the Austin Tennis Club.
OLTA is a charter member of the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA), an international lgbt tennis organization formed in 1991 to address national standards of competition. The GLTA provides a national ranking system for lgbt tennis players participating on the international tournament circuit, providing assistance to cities interested in establishing similar tennis organizations.
OLTA offers activities for players seeking competitive tennis, as well as activities for those who are either first time players or who use tennis as a social outlet. Activities include Singles League, Texas Cup, Team Tennis, Doubles League, Club Championships, and various other events.
We welcome all players, men and women of all ability levels, to join us in making 2012 a great year of OLTA tennis.