Columbus Classic 2018

Registration opens:
Sat, 2018-05-05
Tournament Start Date:
Fri, 2018-07-20
Tournament End Date:
Sun, 2018-07-22
Court Surface:
Hosted Housing:
Contact details:

Mark Buckingham

(614) 425-2221 or Facebook

Tournament Info:


Registration closes: Sunday, July 15, 2018. 

Deadline to Withdraw and Receive a Refund (less $5 fee): Sunday, July 15, 2018 by 10pm (EDT). 

FEES: One event $110 / Two events $120  Early Bird: Save $10 if you register and pay in full by Thursday. May 31, 2018 ($100/$110)  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 Monday, June 4, 2018.  Otherwise, you will be billed the regular entry fee. 

We are thrilled to host Columbus' seventh edition of this GLTA event in 2018! Our tournament has been nominated previously for BEST GLTA SMALL TOURNAMENT and/or BEST GLTA SMALL TOURNAMENT STAFF too (we are the Susan Lucci of the GLTA Awards)!  The event will be the only Midwest option in July in the GLTA calendar.  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.



Please note the following . . .

1.) Since we have shifted the tournament to mid-July this year, we will keep the safety of our players in our minds.  Should tempuratures become to oppressive, the Tournament Director reserves the right to move main drawn matches to a pro set format. 

2.) To ensure that the tournament runs efficiently, the total number of players will be limted to 100.  Do not wait to register at the last minute!



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!


Because our committee members were around for the Last Supper, we have brought back the 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 draws 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.





LIMITED TIME HOTEL OFFER: The Crowne Plaza Columbus North- Worthington is offering a special room rate $102 per night (check-in July 19, check-out July 22). There are a select number of King, King w/ Sofa Bed & Double Rooms available. Please use the booking code CCL when using the online link (click here). Reservations accepted through June 28, so don't delay!!


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 accommodate.  A fully stocked liquor cabinet DOES NOT constitute a "special need".  : )



We will also offer lunch on Friday & Saturday at the Wickertree Tennis Club.  Complimentary snacks (fruit, bagels, Cheryl's cookies and other nibblets) will be provided all three days.  We will also offer complimentary soda products.  However, to cut back on waste, we will not offer bottled water.  We will offer complimentary water bottles upon request.  Sports and energy drinks will be available for a $1 suggested donation.  Money raised from the sale of these beverages will go to a surpise non-profit (to be named at the banquet).

Free artist sketch drawings!  For the first time, we are excited to welcome Steve Campbell of Fun Faces to the Columbus Classic on Friday, July 20 between 10am-2pm.  You and your tennis friends will have the opportunity to have a head-shot sketch drawn on-site at Wickertree Tennis Club.  He is wonderful and can overlook a bad hair day . . . if requested.



 If you have yet to visit Columbus, we have a delightful section of our downtown area affectionately referred to as the "Short North".  This mile-long stretch is the hot spot for the city, filled with restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques and nightclubs, many of which are LGBTQ friendly.  Union Cafe, nestled in the heart of our Short North, will once again host our Columbus Classic Welcome Party on Thursday, July 19 from 6-8pm.  In addition to video screens, two full-service bars and dinner menu, they also have an outstanding patio that is perfect for people watching and heckling.  You can pick-up your welcome bag and goodies at this time. 


 Once again, the fabulous children of Buddy Up Tennis shall be the main beneficiary of the Columbus Classic.  Buddy Up Tennis is a non-profit organization that strives to teach the sport of tennis to kids who have Autism and Down Syndrome.  Buddy Up Tennis was originated in Columbus by Beth Gibson.  In the past nine years, Buddy Up Tennis has expanded to 20 different cities, including the cities of our GLTA sister toruanemnts in Cincinnati, Chicagoland and Orlando.

We invite you to attend a special on-court demonstration by the kids from Buddy Up Tennis between 11am-12noon on Saturday, July 21 at Wickertree Tennis Club!  You are encoursed to jump on the courts and interact with the kids too . . . they LOVE that!

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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, temperature 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 Saturday morning.  Depending on the number of participants, consolation play could be held at a site seperate from 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 100 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, Ohio State University, 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.

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