Originally Posted by serenus_2k8
Wow your such a great advertisment! Is everyone who plays in this league so rude and socially inept? Have fun with your socially divisive league, though God forbid one day people will just play sports for the fun, regardless of their sexuality
I think you hit the nail on the head ... playing for fun. One of the reasons the GLTA tour was set up was so that openly gay and lesbian people could play competitive tennis without being tormented by homophobic people - ie. other players, officials etc. This way they have a tour where they can be themselves, have fun, feel safe and not intimidated or threatened in any way. And it is NOT divisive as you mention, as there are many straight players who do play and they are all welcome. But homophobia is not welcome! And there is the key to the whole tour.
It means the tour is FUN, FRIENDLY, TOLERANT, and NON-THREATENING to all. Competitive tennis played in a more friendly way.
I played the so called 'normal' leagues for years and there was often very aggressive behaviour as well as a lot of homophobia - yes, so called straight men even bitching to other teams about our team being poofters etc. Well you know what, it gets tired. So we don't have any of that on our tour - we have fun, laughs, great tennis and as far as I am concerned it is probably as close to playing tennis in heaven as you can get.