Columbus Classic 2015

Registration opens:
Mon, 2015-03-09
Tournament Start Date:
Fri, 2015-07-17
Tournament End Date:
Sun, 2015-07-19
Court Surface:
Hosted Housing:
Contact details:

Mark Buckingham

(614) 425-2221 or Facebook

Tournament Info:


The CCE Sports Network returns to offer L-I-V-E webstreaming of select matches during the Columbus Classic 2015!  Your friend, family, fans and stalkers can stream the action live.  The broadcast will also be archived so you can watch the matches over and over again.  You can check out last year's offerings from the Columbus Classic by clicking here.  We are also looking for "colorful" broadcast commentary too.  Let us know if you would like to be on the microphone as a commentator. 


Registration closes: Sunday, July 12, 2015

Deadline to Withdraw and Receive a Refund (less $5 Paypal fees): Sunday, July 12, 2015 by 9am. 

FEES: One event $100 / Two events $110  Early Bird: Save $10 if you register and pay in full by Saturday, June 13, 2015 ($90/$100)  You may elect to pay with either a check or money order (made payable to "Columbus Classic").  Payment may be mailed to:

COLUMBUS CLASSIC, 1165 Tillicum Drive, Columbus, Ohio, 43085

Please note, if you are seeking the early bird discount and mail your payment, it must be received no later than Saturday, June 20, 2015.  Otherwise, you will be billed the regular entry fee. 

We are thrilled to host Columbus' fourth annual GLTA event in 2015! The event will be the only Midwest option in the month of July.  Consolation matches will be offered for singles and doubles, weather permitting and based on court availability. Free entry certificates must be validated and received within seven (7) calendar days of registration.


As a special bonus offer, as you go through the registration process and get to the checkout, you may opt to get discounted tickets to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium.  This world class attraction is perfect for those who are staying an extra day or two in Columbus, or have a tennis widow that gets bored easily.

And as always, hugs are FREE!


Just as the late Casey Kasem would, we took your requests from last year's player survey and added 40+ age divisions for Open, A, B, C & D Singles!  For our players that are of the age of 40 or older, you may opt to compete in this singles division.  In order to make the bracketing work, we must have a minimum of four (4) players in each respective singles division.  If less than four (4) players register for a particular 40+ division, those players registered will be placed in the main draw.  If you were born during the Nixon administration or before . . . or remember watching the Sonny & Cher Show on network television . . . odds are your qualify for this option.


We do have host housing available on a limited basis.  If interested, please contact Mark Buckingham for arrangements (  Please make certain to inform Mark of any special needs or allergies you might have and he will do the best he can to accomodate.  A fully stocked liquor cabinet DOES NOT constitute a "special need".  : )

GLTA Board Representative:

Dan -

Match Format:

Match Format - 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.

Consolation Play - Consolation play will be offered to singles players who lose their first singles and/or doubles match. Play will begin on Friday on the indoor and outdoor courts at Wickertree Tennis Club. Match format will be eight game pro sets with no-ad scoring. At seven games all a 12 point tiebreak will be played. Consolation finals will be best two out of three set matches.  All we ask is your patience during Consolation play, especially with doubles, as certain players still could be involved with round robin play in another event.

Divisions, Draw Size and Guidelines - The Columbus Classic will accommodate as many players as feasible, but the draw will be limited to 120 players. Divisions and draws may be consolidated if an insufficient number of participants register for a particular division. The Columbus Classic may reassign any participant to a higher division if past results justify such a move. All draws will be single elimination. Players are allowed to play events in different divisions. No player may play down more than one level from his or her highest ranking. Please note if you are playing split divisions, we will make every effort to schedule your matches appropriately, however, like all players you may be required to play on the minimal rest period, 30 minutes prior to singles and 15 minutes prior to doubles.

It is the sole responsibility of each player to enter the division most appropriate for his or her ability. When in doubt about which division is most appropriate for you, enter the higher division. Once play has begun, players observed playing in a division too low for his or her ability will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the tournament committee. Divisions Open - Highly Advanced Players NTRP rating of 5.0 or above, A - Advanced Players NTRP rating of 4.5, B - High Intermediate Player NTRP rating of 3.5 - 4.0, C - Low Intermediate Player NTRP rating of 3.0, D - Beginning Player NTRP rating 2.5.

Please see the club website at for host hotel information, sign-in party, tournament banquet and local attractions.

Waiver - In conjunction with my participation in the Columbus Classic and related activities and events, I agree to waive any and all rights and claims for bodily or emotional injury, injury to my reputation, and/or other damages or harms that I might suffer, or any other claims of any nature I may have against the Columbus Classic committee, the Columbus Metropolitan Tennis Organization (CMTO), Wickertree Tennis Club, the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) and their officers, or any organization, facility or individual associated with this tournament. I also waive any and all rights to claim from the Columbus Classic organizing committee, CMTO or GLTA, their officers or any organization or individual, damages or remuneration, which may arise as a result of reference to or photographs of me which may appear in a publication or other media coverage.

Club Intro:

The Columbus Metropolitan Tennis Organization (CMTO) is a non-profit group dedicated to providing competitive and recreational tennis-related events and information for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and their friends throughout the greater Columbus, Ohio area.

CMTO operates on the belief that tennis, when played with a spirit of fun, mutual respect, and honesty, can be both competitive and rewarding for everyone. As a result, CMTO organizes competitive league and tournament events for a variety of skill levels, works to establish clear rules by which to play, and strives to promote a strong sense of community, cooperation, and fairness at all times.

We invite you to visit our website and join our Facebook page.

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