Tennis Australia, in conjunction with Member Associations, is committed to embracing diversity by ensuring our sport and events welcoming, safe and inclusive for everyone. We believe that being inclusive is reflecting the diversity of our local communities and that everyone should have the opportunity to be included and engaged through tennis in a way that is positive and meaningful for them regardless of their sex, sexuality, gender identity or any other defining characteristic.
Inclusion is about providing choice for people to participate in sport in a way that they feel comfortable. As well as, mainstream tennis opportunities, there are a variety of LGBTQ+ specific initiatives that people can choose to participate in.
Tennis Australia is committed to increasing opportunities and accessibility to tennis for LGBTQ+ people through:
- Engagement with LGBTQ+ stakeholders and community
- Educating clubs and coaches
- Providing pathway opportunities
- Creating equal playing opportunities through community events and tournaments
Transgender Inclusion Guidelines
We are proud to launch our first Transgender Inclusion Guidelines for community tennis.
The purpose of the guidelines is to create awareness and inform clubs, coaches, participants and volunteers on how they can be supportive of people who identify as transgender. This resource also includes tips on how to foster positive experiences for all.
We thank Pride in Sport and our stakeholders for their support in developing this important resource.
The Glam Slam is an international tennis event sanctioned by the Gay Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) and held in Melbourne during the Australian Open. In 2020, a total of 200 participants from over 30 countries took part in this event. Participants and visitors had the opportunity to take part in the AO Film Festival and other inclusive social events.
For more information about the Glam Slam go to: www.glamslammelbourne.com
AWARD WINNING LGBTQ+ TENNIS CLUB
Loton Park Tennis Club
Award-winning Loton Park Tennis Club, based in Perth, Western Australia openly welcomes all participants who identify as LGBTQ+. Their motto is “Diversity is our advantage”. Members of the club have the opportunity to participate in league competitions, social play, Come and Try Days and many other events. Loton Park Tennis Club has strong relationships with other local sports organisations, sharing resources and events.
We are proud to work alongside our partners to grow the game throughout the LGBTQ+ community across Australia and around the world. Our partners have guided us on updating policies and procedures, ensuring inclusion of people who identify as LGBTQ+ to participate in tennis at all levels, whether that be as a player, official, spectator, volunteer or staff.
Pride in Sport
Tennis Australia is a Member of Pride in Sport. Alongside Melbourne University, Tennis Australia was the winner of the 2019 Highest Ranking Index Award by Pride in Sport. In addition, the former President of Loton Park Tennis Club, Tony Boutoubia, won the 2019 OUT Role Model Award.
We are proud of our achievements and will continue to strive to provide equitable access and opportunities for all LGBTQ+ participants in tennis with support from Pride in Sport.
VicTennis and Glam Slam
In collaboration with Tennis Victoria and VicTennis, our commitment in providing opportunities for people who identify as LGBTQ+ to participate in tennis has been given a boost with the inclusion of the Glam Slam event during the Australian Open. This event for elite LGBTQ+ players from around the world is also a fantastic opportunity for all participants and spectators to celebrate diversity and inclusion through tennis.
We have engaged with Proud2Play to increase opportunities for LGBTQ+ community members to take part in tennis programs from grassroots level to competition pathways. Proud2Play have also contributed to the development of our policies and resources.
While Pride Cup has grown in popularity with AFL and netball across the country, Traralgon Tennis Club was the first to stage this event for this sport in 2018. Jelena Dokic was a guest speaker and local LGBTQ+ ambassadors provided support to the cause. The Pride Cup event provided Traralgon Tennis Club an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to offer a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone throughout the Traralgon community.
If you would like more information on how you can participate in LGBTQ+ initiatives, please email [email protected]
If you require additional support and/or guidance from Tennis Australia regarding welfare/member protection matters, please contact our TA Integrity & Compliance Unit (TAICU) on [email protected]