Originally Posted by New_balls_please
I still don't quite get how GLTA is so popular among the gay community. To me the whole idea screams exclusion and isolation. I would be okay with this if we were in 1920, but nowadays, when most people see us as no different to anyone else, GLTA's ideas seem obsolete and not appropriate to current circumstances in our society. Don't get me wrong. I'm sure it's a lot of fun to play, but I think it's very discriminatory.
The USTA has many leagues and tournaments which cater to all levels of abilities and experience. I've been playing tennis for 15 years now, and I even played Varstity Level as an undergrad. I get pissed when people say things like "oh, you could be the number one ranked gay tennis player in your country" and stuff like that. It doesn't matter if you're gay or heterosexual. Tennis is tennis and you should not be competing in a league just because you're gay.
It's just my opinion
I respect your opinion, guys.
I totally agree. I also played varsity in undergrad and I've been playing tournaments for almost 20 years now. A lot of people are trying to convince me to play the local GLTA event in Montréal, but I really don't see the use of it.
First, it is incredibly expensive compared to other regular events. I've played 5-6 pro events and they cost 40$ US. Why would I pay 150$ for a local tournament with a lower level of play, when I can play 4 provincial, national or international events for the same price?
I do understand such tournaments for 'recreational' players: you get to meet other players, meet people, party, have fun playing tennis, etc. It seems like it is more a sports version of Pride week: most of my friends have crazy sex stories about what happen in those tournaments. It is also a way to measure your level against other players.
I also understand it might be a safer zone for some gay players that feel threatened by the 'macho' sports world, which can be witnessed in other 'regular' tournaments. But for someone like me that grew up (and was out and proud) in said environment for all my life, I just don't see what sexuality has to do with tennis performance.
I think the real reason is that it is great to share a passion with people who are 'similar' to you. But in my case, I feel more similar to my other varsity colleagues or opponents than to a gay guy from another city/country.