The Canadian Gay Open (CGO) presented by Babolat is the one of the largest tennis tournament in North America sanctioned by the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) World Tour, a global 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.
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.
In addition to the competition and the social aspects of the CGO presented by Babolat, we also have a philanthropic component. Since 1995, the CGO presented by Babolat has been giving back to the community and supporting local charities with donations over $35,000.
Rainbow Railroad will be the beneficiary of our fundraising efforts this year. It is a global not-for-profit organization that helps LGBTBQI+ people facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and sex characteristics. We thank our sponsors who provide raffle prizes, our volunteers who sell raffle tickets, and especially our tournament participants for their generosity and support; who make our fundraising efforts successful.
From 2017 to 2019 and 2022, we have raised and donated over $9,000 to the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). ACT works to reduce new HIV infections in Toronto and promotes the independence, dignity, health and well-being of people living with HIV and AIDS.
From 2013 to 2016, we have raised and donated over $8,000 to the Doug Philpott Inner City Children’s Tennis Fund. It is Canada’s only charity dedicated to children and tennis. Every $25 raised enables the organization to offer a week of free tennis lessons to a child. Our donations have provided a tennis camp experience for almost 320 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 180 competitors and has reached maximum capacity the past fourteen years. In 2019, 33% of players came from the Greater Toronto Area, 5% form the rest of Ontario, 15% from Montreal, 4% from the rest of Canada, 34% from the USA, and 8% from international location, including Australia, France, Germany, Honkg Kong, New Zealand, Spain, and Thailand.