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OLTA Year One

The Oak Lawn Tennis Association (OLTA) was formed in 1979 by a group of friends who enjoyed tennis.  It was the first tennis organization supporting and promoting gay and lesbian tennis activities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  During its history, OLTA has played host to the first gay tennis tournament in the country held since 1980 and now known as the Texas Open, and in 1981, 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 and the Tennis Club of San Antonio.

OLTA is a charter member of the national Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA).  The GLTA is the national umbrella tennis organization formed in 1991 to address national standards of competition.  The GLTA also provides a national ranking system for gay and lesbian tennis players who participate on the international tournament circuit and provides 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.  In addition, the Texas Open, Dallas’ gay and lesbian international tennis tournament held in October, is a successful and popular event on the GLTA tour.

We invite all players, men and women of all ability levels, to join us in making this a great year of OLTA tennis.

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