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Welcome to Tennis Sydney


Tennis Sydney and Amazon Tennis is Australasia's largest LGBT tennis club that aims to promote and facilitate gay and lesbian tennis in Sydney. Our progam of events include social tennis; mid-week night competitions; Club doubles days; and two major Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) tournaments each year. We cater to a broad player group with a wide range of skill levels from beginner to advanced and host numerous events all year from the social to the competitive for LGBT players in Sydney and for visiting players from inter-state and overseas. New players are always welcome.

About Us

Tennis Sydney is an incorporated, non-profit organisation that aims to promote tennis activities for the LGBTI community.

Social, team competition and tournament events cater for tennis players with a wide range of skill levels, from beginner to advanced.

Sunday social tennis is held every week at Parklands Tennis Centre, 12-5 pm, $20 members, $25 non-members. Concession rates are also available for government healthcare cardholders and full-time students.

Mid-week night team competitions of 10 week duration are held throughout the year.

Annual tournaments  The Australasian Gay & Lesbian Open (Mardi Gras Championships) in February and The Peter Deacon Spring Tournament in October. For all other one-day tournaments and activities please click on the "Calendar" drop down menu above.

Annual membership of Tennis Sydney is $50 and new members are always welcome.

All enquiries please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Location Map

Tennis Sydney plays its competitions and Sunday Social at Parklands Tennis Centre at the corner of Anzac Parade and Lang Road, Moore Park (Centennial Park Side).  There are two Tennis Centres there - please note that we are NOT PLAYING on the courts at the corner of Anzac Parade and Cleveland Road.

The map below shows the approximate location of the courts and the relative positions of both Centres:

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View Road Map

How To Get There:

Parklands Tennis Centre
Cnr Anzac Parade & Lang Road        

By bus -  # 373, 377, 394, and 396 from / to Circular Quay

                 # 372, 393 from / to Central Station


Up to the 1980's gay athletes were a hidden and marginalized community within the greater marginalized and beleaguered GLBT community. The Gay Games were conceived in 1980 by Dr. Tom Waddell as a "vehicle of change" empowering gay athletes with the transforming benefits of sports competition.

A group of Sunday social players (including Ross Sinclair, Scott Ferguson, Brian Adams, Ian Craigie and Owen Gallagher) began to organise and coordinate gay tennis activities in Sydney. After the Gay Games I in San Francisco in 1982, an advertisement was placed in the Sydney Star Observer looking for other gay tennis players to join the group. John Rolfe took over the fiscal and social organising of the group and his business acumen gave the group a sound footing for growth.

In 1984 the 1st Mardi Gras Festival took place, and with Barry Webb (one of the foundation members of SCOG (Southern Cross Outdoor Group) coordinated the inaugural sports festival. As it was a social group it was decided that the best format for the sports festival was a round robin doubles tournament. So at White City courts over two nights approximately 130 players competed. It was a great success, socially & financially with Dawn Fraser presenting the trophies at the club. This format for the Mardi Gras tournament continued. Peter Deacon succeeded John Rolf and his experience and energy was fantastic for the growth of the organisation.

After the Gay Games III which was held in Vancouver in 1988, Scott Ferguson who competed was so enthused by the games that on arrival in Sydney wanted to form an organisation that could follow the GLTA format, which was a competitive knockout tournament style, singles, doubles, men, women, mixed, grades and ages. So Tennis Sydney Inc was formed and the Mardi Gras tournament as we know today had begun.

The aims of the initial Committee were to promote the game of tennis among the gay and lesbian population of Sydney and to improve the general standard of the players involved.

In 1989, a tennis tournament was organised at the Kingsford Tennis Centre as part of the Mardi Gras sporting Festival.  This inaugural tournament attracted some 51 players. Since then an annual Mardi Gras Tournament has been held at various venues.

In 1995, the first Spring Tournament, named after Tennis Sydney legend Peter Deacon, was held.  The Mardi Gras and the Peter Deacon Spring Tournaments are currently the two major tournaments held by Tennis Sydney each year.

Special thanks to the MCC church pastor Rob Clarke one of club’s early members for the Trans-Pacific Cup which was successful in bringing American players over for the Mardi Gras tournament & also for taking Aussie players over for the USGO (United States Gay Open) in San Francisco.

In 1995, the extremely successful Virginia Slims Competition was started by Craig Hunt so that there was an ongoing competition throughout the year.  These mid-week seasonal competitions are the staple events of Tennis Sydney.  Originally 8 players for the initial tour, it quickly doubles to 16 and so the Virginia Slims Thursday night competition was born.

At that stage the competitions were run independently of Tennis Sydney by Craig.  However, it quickly became a popular event and soon after, Peter Deacon the Tournament Director, suggested to Craig that he come onto the committee and run it under the auspices of Tennis Sydney.  And so it became a formal Tennis Sydney event which continued to grow in numbers with some competitions hosting more than 80 players.

Craig continued to run the night competition for 10 years before deciding to take a break.

In 1996 as an affiliate of the Australian Gay & Lesbian Tennis Association of Australia (GLTA), Tennis Sydney hosted the National Championships. To make the event as spectacular as possible and to attract as many entries as possible the committee decided to merge these titles with the annual Mardi Gras Championships.

Also in 1996 Tennis Sydney had its first ever entry into the Mardi Gras Parade and we were the first ever sporting body to “come out” promoting a healthy and competitive environment for the gay community.

In November 2002 the Gay Games VI was held in Sydney, the first Gay Games in the Southern Hemisphere which drew 11,000 participants for 31 sports and 11 cultural events from 80 countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates. Tennis Sydney organised and ran the tennis for the games.

The initial committee was formed with Scott Ferguson and Andrew Stevenson sharing the chair as joint Presidents.

The following is a list of players who have held the office of President since 1989.

1989-1990     Scott Ferguson/Andrew Stevenson

1990-1993     Andrew Stevenson

1993-1996     Rob Harris

1996-1998     Carl Copas

1998-2002     Edwin Christiansen

2002-2004     Carl Copas

2004-2006     Steve Bardy

2006-2009     Ben Alfred

2009-2015     Brendan Moore

Tennis Sydney has gone from strength to strength since its humble beginnings and many of the players who started the club and its events are still playing regularly today. We have a deep admiration for our club founders and are proud of all the committee members and volunteers throughout the years who have helped to build the club to what it is today

Privacy Policy, Waiver of Liability & Insurance

Privacy policy

1.1 Statement of intent
The purpose of this privacy statement is to provide you with details of how Tennis Sydney Inc will collect, store and use the personal data you supply to it. Personal data is information which relates to identifiable living individuals.

It is the stated policy of Tennis Sydney Inc that it will act in accordance with current legislation and aims to meet current best practice with regard to the processing of personal data.

1.2 Collection of personal data
In using this site, you may provide certain personal data to Tennis Sydney Inc which we will compile and process in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

1.3 Use of personal data
Tennis Sydney Inc shall only use your data for the purposes for which it is provided or for purposes to which you have consented.

We may contact you in the future with information about our activities. We do not allow third parties to use the data we collect. We may occasionally send you information about products and services developed by third parties in association with the Tennis Sydney Inc. If you would prefer your information not to be used in these ways please contact us, giving your name and address: (i) by post to Tennis Sydney Inc, PO Box 761, Darlinghurst NSW 1300 or (ii) by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1.4 Storage and correction of personal data
Tennis Sydney Inc. will retain the personal data it holds unless and until you send us notice that you no longer wish us to retain this data. We are obliged to supply you, on request, with a copy of the personal data we hold about you. If you wish to exercise this right, please contact Tennis Sydney Inc. using the details set out in the previous paragraph for more details. Should you discover any inaccuracies in such personal information, please notify the Tennis Sydney Inc. as soon as possible at the same address. Tennis Sydney Inc. will then correct its records.


Waiver of Liability

By participating at Tennis Sydney Inc. organised tennis tournaments, competitions, social play and related activities and events, participants agree to waive any and all rights and claims for bodily or emotional injury; injury to their reputation; or any other damage or harms that they might suffer; or any other claims of any nature they or their legal representatives may have against Tennis Sydney Inc., the GLTA and its officers, all tournament sites, tournament sponsors, or any organisation, facility or individual associated with these tournaments, competitions, social play and related activities and events. 

Participants agree to participate at their own risk and the above organisations, facilities and individuals will not be responsible for any harm, injury or damage that they might suffer. They also release and waive any and all rights to claim damages or remuneration which may arise as a result of references to, photographs, images or likenesses of them which may appear in any publication or other media coverage.



Tennis Australia and Tennis NSW have been working in partnership to deliver a new membership model with a zero per player cost. This model will contribute to their knowledge of people playing tennis across NSW and in each local area. As part of this model, players will be covered by personal accident insurance and the Club will be protected by Public Liability as well as Directors and Officers Insurance. The Current Certificate of Insurance is available HERE

Further details about the insurance and how players can register for free Personal Accident Insurance is available HERE


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 With sincere thanks to our valued sponsors and supporters.

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Tennis Sydney would not function without the dedication and commitment of a select few members working voluntary to run the organisation, its competitions, tournaments and events.

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Tennis Sydney Player Code of Conduct

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This Tennis Sydney Player Code of Conduct (“Player Code of Conduct”) is intended to outline appropriate behaviour by all Tennis Sydney Members at social, competition and tournament tennis events, and give Tennis Sydney structure around how to deal with issues relating to formal complaints by Club Members about other Club or Committee Members, including the correct channels to make complaints.

Members contravening the Player Code of Conduct will face a review and disciplinary process, with the possibility of exclusion from Tennis Sydney as the final outcome.

Tennis Sydney will not tolerate any form of discrimination, whether it is based on race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, gender or cultural background.  Any formal complaints made of this nature will be taken seriously, and dealt with under the Player Code of Conduct.

All actions by Club Members (including Committee Members) should reinforce the Club’s charter of inclusion, self-expression, fair go, and to provide a ‘safe place’ for LGBTI players and supporters who live in Sydney, as well as for those who we welcome from around Australia and the world. Tennis Sydney is not an exclusively LGBTI Club, and warmly welcomes players and supporters from all walks of life to join in our events.

Tennis Sydney Committee Members are volunteers, and will, to the best of their ability, make decisions for the Club based on the best possible outcomes for all Members.

Tennis Sydney Player Code of Conduct

Tennis Sydney aims to provide a positive sporting environment for the benefit of players and supporters. The Tennis Sydney Committee and Members will aim to provide for the health, welfare and well-being of its players and supporters at all times.

All Members, players, officials and supporters participating in any Tennis Sydney event including tournaments, competitions and social play have a responsibility at all times when playing at or representing Tennis Sydney to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, consistent with the Code of Conduct below.  Abusive language or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

Tennis Sydney Members, players and supporters agree to:

  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every player regardless of their race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, gender or cultural background.  
  • Be fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with players
  • Never condone rule violations, rough play or the use of prohibitive substances
  • Display consistently high standards of positive behaviour and appearance and not use abusive language
  • Consider the safety and well-being of players at all times
  • Promote fair play and participation and not a ‘win at all costs’ approach
  • Always respect the official’s decision and support them to carry out their role
  • Follow all guidelines of the State body, Tennis NSW, of which Tennis Sydney is a Member
  • Adhere to the rules and etiquette of Tennis NSW/ Tennis Australia for non-umpired matches found HERE
  • Demonstrate a high degree of individual responsibility.