2. Does TPTA play every Sunday?
Almost, we skip major holidays when Glendoveer closes and also when there is a tournament.
3. How do I find out more about the club?
We send out weekly emails to announce club events or when the mixer is canceled. Email us at email@example.com to get on our email list. Check our website for updates!
4. How does the Sunday mixer work, can anyone play?
The Sunday mixer is a Social mixer, with the emphasis on meeting other club members while playing tennis in a fun and non-competitive, informal environment. All skills are welcome, however players tend to be intermediate/advanced level (USTA 3.0 - 4.5, GLTA Open/A/B/C). The format is doubles - 8 games, no-ad scoring, so everyone serves twice, then we mix up the courts. You can drop-in anytime from 9:15am - 1pm. The cost is $10 no matter when you show up. Sign your name on the clipboard and deposit $10 in the empty ball can. Generally we get 10-20 players every week, and people stay for varying amounts of time. We reserve 3 courts for the entire mixer. Sometimes court 4 is available too and we can use it if there are enough people. If there are many people, you may have to wait until the next break to mix in. As a matter of courtesy, players don't play consecutive sets if there are people waiting on the bench.
New to TPTA!! Beginner clinics!
Do you have to be LGBTQ to play?
We welcome everyone to come and play with us, regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity! However we insist that you respect everyone on the court and exhibit sportsmanlike conduct. The only restriction we have is that you must be 18 years or older (for insurance/liability reasons). That's it, just have fun!
5. I can't make the Sunday mixer (time or location doesn't work), does the club play at any other times?
Currently, we don't have any other regular club play. We are hoping to schedule a weekday evening or Saturday play at an alternate location in Portland, possibly Portland Tennis Center since it is more central and more easily accessible to our club members. If location is a problem, you might be able to find someone to carpool with since our members generally live in all areas of Portland metro.
6. Can women play in the mixer?
For sure! Unfortunately we don't have as many women playing with us as we would like, however we do have a handful of women who come out regularly. A few of them advanced players, a couple are teaching pros! We would love to start a mixed doubles mixer or a women's mixer in the future! Our annual charity tournament is one of the few GLTA-sanctioned tournaments that offers a women's draw.
NEW to TPTA!! Women's Drill Clinics!
7. What other opportunities are there for playing tennis with the club?
- From time to time, depending on demand, we hold a beginner's clinic on Court 4 in conjunction with our Sunday mixer - email us for more info!
- Every Labor Day weekend, we host our club charity tournament, The Rose City Open, it is over 20 years old and still going strong! Every year we raise a few thousand dollars for local charities.
- Several of our club members participate in USTA and WTT leagues throughout the year. Ask around when you come to club events and you'll find out about the different leagues.
- Every year, TPTA competes in the Northwest Cup, a team tennis tournament for the Portland, Seattle and Vancouver BC GLTA tennis clubs. The location rotates among the 3 cities every year and pits the best players from each club against each other in men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles. TPTA hosted and won the Cup in 2010!
- In 2011 we started organizing a Spring Club Team Tennis tournament - we hope it continues to be an annual event
- Singles Tennis Ladder - we have a Singles tennis ladder for those who prefer playing on their own time. Match play is tracked throughout the year and we recognize the most active participants at our annual Spring kick-off party.
- Club flex leagues - we hope to start some club flex leagues (based on USTA flex leagues) to provide for additional singles and doubles match play - stay tuned!
8. Does TPTA hold any social events?
- Every March/April we hold a Spring Kick-Off party to usher in the new season of tennis. Its a fun party with food, fundraising raffle, trivia contest, and much socializing!
- During the Rose City Open, we hold an event banquet for all the participants! Its a nice recess from the weekend of competitive high pressure play!
9. Who runs the club?
We have a Board, consisting of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. In addition we have club directors to manage the NW Cup Team, tennis ladder, Rose City Open, Spring Club Tournament, etc. As you can imagine we need all the help we can get! Email us if you would like to help out or get involved!
10. Where does TPTA get its funds from?
We are a non-profit social club. All of our funds go to putting on club events, and to the 501(c)(3) charities we support (currently Cascade AIDS Project, Q Center, and Portland After School Tennis & Education). We generate some income from our Sunday mixers when the money we collect from participants exceeds the court fees, and we also fundraise at various events throughout the year (Kick-Off party, Rose City Open). Sometimes we receive donations from our generous members and sponsors too which helps a lot! :) Check out our web page for more information about our Sponsorship opportunities and to find out more about our Sponsors - please patronize our Sponsors!
11. How many members does the club have?
Currently, TPTA does not have an official or paying membership. We do have over 200 people on our email list. About 80 players participate regularly in our Sunday mixers.
12. How can I receive updates of club news and events automatically?
a) Subscribe to our mailing list by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your wish to join the mailing list.
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