The Canadian Gay Open (CGO) presented by Babolat is the largest Canadian tennis tournament sanctioned by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) World Tour, an international organization.
The CGO presented by Babolat is affiliated with the Toronto Lesbian & Gay Tennis Association.
The CGO presented by Babolat is an annual tournament, which offers singles and doubles competition. The level of competition ranges from beginners D level to more experienced C, B, and A levels, to highly competitive and advanced Open level. Approximately, 65% of competitors find themselves in the B or C division.
The tournament is played over three days during the Victoria day long weekend, with all finals played on Monday. Traditionally, it has been held in Toronto at the Mayfair Sports Clubs.
The CGO presented by Babolat also offers social events, including a Draw Party (players meet and greet) on the Friday evening, a banquet on the Sunday evening, and a post-banquet get-together.
A raffle is organized during the banquet to raise funds for a local charity. The beneficiary of our fund raising efforts in 2017 will be AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).
For more information, please visit: AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
From 2013 to 2017, we have donated over $8,136 to the Philpott Inner City Children's Tennis Fund, Canada's only charity dedicated to children and tennis. Every $25 raised enables them to offer a week of free tennis lessons to a child. We are pleased that our contribution over the last four years has provided a tennis camp experience for almost 325 children.
Previous charity beneficiaries also include Hearing Every Youth through Youth (HEYY), the Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA).
The CGO presented by Babolat has a capacity for 170 competitors from Canada, U.S. and Europe with 40%-45% coming from the Greater Toronto Area. The tournament has reached maximum capacity the past twelve years.