Each year, LGBT tennis players from Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and D.C. meet to play in a Davis Cup-style tournament (each match is worth one point) and compete for their respective cities.
This year’s Atlantic Cup was held July 23-24 and was originally scheduled to be contested in Philadelphia. It was moved to the District because of conflicts with the Democratic National Convention.
Players from the Capital Tennis Association claimed their second consecutive title and their ninth overall since the tournament’s inception in 1992.
During the summer months, the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Association world tour is loaded with tournaments and this year, three of the cities were unable to field a full team because their players were committed to other events.
D.C. fielded 37 players and defeated a combined team from Philly, New York and Boston by a score of 37 to 20.
“I’m happy we persevered and that we were able to host the tournament with only a few months’ notice,” says Tournament Director Rob Treadway. “Everyone had a good time and loved the tennis facility.”
The event was held at the newly refurbished Southeast Tennis & Learning Center which is a benefactor of the Citi Open. Early morning matches were held on the outdoor courts with the players moving to the inside courts in the afternoons.
Instead of the usual post-tournament dinner, the players attended matches at the Citi Open giving many their first chance to watch live professional tennis.
“This is the only tournament where you get to play for your city and it brings out different emotions than just playing for yourself,” Treadway says. “The team camaraderie is incredible and we will be looking for a three-peat next year in Philadelphia.”