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Vancouver International Pride Tournament

GLTA World Tour tennis tournament that occurs over Vancouver Pride weekend, run by the Vancouver Tennis Association (VTA).

General Information

Vancouver International Pride (VIP) Tournament is our stop on the GLTA World Tour calendar (Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance). This fun event provides an open, safe and inclusive space for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and attracts a roster of international players of various skill levels. It is held in beautiful Stanley Park over Vancouver Pride weekend.

This tournament is open to the public. Registration for VIP Tournament is done through the GLTA website.

Dates

2024

August 3-5

2025

August 2-4 (TBC)
2023 Pricing
$140CAD

(+$35 for second event)
2024 pricing TBC

2024 Registration will open May 25 @ 12pm PDT:

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The VIP Experience

Highlights from previous Vancouver International Pride tournaments, as only Vancouver could do.

VTA puts on one of THE best tournaments of the year and I try to include it in my annual tournaments. The entire team does a phenomenal job and their work inspires me as a Tournament Director. Vancouver is one of the GLTA’s hidden gems and a must visit for players!

Joey DillonColumbus, OH

I heard so many great thing about Vancouver. I loved how well organized the tournament was and how friendly people were during the entire tournament! The city is amazing, location of the tournament is so pretty. I got to do two of my fav things at once: travel and play tennis. I would 100% recommend VIP – Canadians are also very good looking lol.

Adrian GarciaLos Angeles

You all did it RIGHT! Thanks for the great time and amazing hospitality!

Jake BishopNew York

Such an amazing weekend with lots of tennis, meeting new friends, and spotting lots of cute doggos. Thanks to the VTA for organizing such a fun and exciting tournament. See you all next year! 👋🏼

Colin LiVancouver

Beautiful people? Check. Beautiful park setting? Check. Cosmopolitan city? Check. Fun tennis? Check. Good sportsmanship? Check. Newly surfaced courts? Check. Fantastic feasts? Check. Amazing prizes? Check. Well organized? Check. Authentic welcome? Check. New friends? Check. Great memories? Check.

JuanitaVancouver

The Location

Stanley Park Tennis Courts

Vancouver, BC, Canada
8901 Stanley Park Dr.

Stanley Park is a world-renowned park and tourist attraction containing 400 hectares of natural West Coast rainforest nestled near the center of the city with views of water and mountains. Home to kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, and natural, cultural and historical landmarks.

The courts are nestled within Stanley Park, adjacent to Stanley Park Restaurant and Brewpub.

Google Map

Event Outline

Subject to change – the finalized schedule and further details will be shared with all tournament participants (Friday is not mandatory if travel makes attendance difficult).

Fri
Player Registration
Welcome Party
Sat
Singles/Doubles Matches
Lunch provided
Sun
Singles/Doubles Matches continue
Consolation Matches
Lunch provided
Pride Parade
Tournament Banquet
Mon
BC Day Statutory Holiday
Finals
Trophy Presentations

A selection of photos from previous VIP tournaments:

2023 Tournament Team

Our tournament is run completely by the kindness of volunteers. If you have any questions or concerns about the tournament, reach out to our volunteers.

Jeffrey Hernaez

Tournament Co-Director
president@vtatennis.ca

JR Hammond

Tournament Co-Director & Treasurer
treasurer@vtatennis.ca

Joel Harnest

Sponsorships
vicepresident@vtatennis.ca

Damian Jolley

Communications & Social Media
communications@vtatennis.ca

Brian Oentoro

Sponsorships

Hans Martin

Photographer

Pom Klomjaroon

Social Media

Trisha Aggarwal

Social Media

Additional Volunteers

  • Bob Charlton
  • Brent Ehrlich
  • Brian Oentoro
  • Bryce Burns
  • Christopher Wanjoff
  • Daniel Ou
  • Doug MacDonald
  • Fanny Chu
  • Grant Prestedge
  • Hiro Kensei
  • Jay MacDonald
  • Janet Jang
  • Paul-Emile d’Entremont
  • Paul Wiens
  • Richard Woloshen
  • Ron Jacobsen
  • Ron Pascoe

Registration

Registration for VIP Tournament is done through the GLTA website.
Registration is expected to open May/April and will be posted here when available.

We can’t wait to see you!

Registration Opens
May 25, 12pm PDT
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FAQs

Why should I attend the tournament?

VIP Tournament occurs during the best time of year to visit our stunning city. Vancouver Pride falls on the same weekend as the tournament, with countless queer festivities, parties, and events. Vancouver is buzzing with activity and things to do, and usually gorgeous weather with a temperature high/low of 22/14°C (or 72/57°F) – perfect for tennis.

Our tournament takes place on scenic courts in Stanley Park, just minutes walk from English Bay Beach, Denman Street and Davie Street Village (Vancouver’s ‘gayborhood’ 😉).

Also, we think you’re cute. Hope to see you there!

When does registration open?

Registration is expected to open in April/May each year and will be posted here when available. To stay up to date make sure to subscribe to email updates.

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Registration and payment for VIP Tournament is done through the GLTA website.

What are your accommodation recommendations?

The weekend of the tournament is one of the busiest weekends in Vancouver. It is a long weekend and Vancouver Pride – and the perfect time time to visit our fine city.

With that in mind, we recommend you book accommodation as early as possible. Some of the local Vancouver players may offer to host traveling VIP players – we suggest checking the VTA Facebook Group.

The closer you stay to downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park the easier it will be for you to get to the tournament (and other festivities); but the city has a great public transportation system if you explore accommodation options a bit further away like our neighbouring cities of Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond and North Vancouver.

Who can play in the tournament?

This fun tennis tournament provides an open, safe and inclusive space for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community from both Vancouver, across Canada, the USA, and even some international guests.

Our tournament has several divisions: OPEN, A, B, C, and D (about divisions). There are no separate gendered divisions – everyone is encouraged to participate!

We have players travelling and returning year after year to play in our tournament because of the fun and friendly nature of the event.

Have questions?

If you have any questions or want more information about the tournament please contact the volunteer VTA Tournament Director: tournaments@vtatennis.ca

Sponsors

Thank you to all of our sponsors who help make this tournament possible.

T-Shirt Sponsor

Great West Graphics

Great West Graphics is a custom screen printing and embroidery company based in Vancouver. They have provided our community with years of expertise and products. They keep up to date with latest technology in the industry and keeping our customers’ priorities first. Great West Graphics

Sponsors

Read the history of the VIP Tournament

The Vancouver International Pride (VIP) tournament was first held in 2000, but is tied to the roots of the VTA in 1991. Gay Games III were held in Vancouver in 1990, by far the largest international LGBTQ+ sporting event in the world to that point. Hollywood actor Bud Foley was tournament director with co-chair Jeannette Moran, for a tennis competition that featured over 1000 players. The worldwide impact of that tournament was significant and as a result, and drawing on a number of existing lesbian and gay tournaments in the US, the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) was formed in 1991 in San Diego to develop a circuit of LGBTQ+ friendly tennis tournaments, that has become international.

That same year of 1991, Harry Mugford and Sean Lung gathered some existing Vancouver LGBTQ+ players and formed the VTA with Bud Foley as the first member. The club grew gradually. Joe Crowell became the third president (1993) with the stated intention of having the VTA join the GLTA. Joe served on the board as the GLTA rep for another seven years, working toward the creation of the VIP. Finally in 2000, the club was ready and sanctioning from the GLTA was secured. Barron McConnachie volunteered for the tournament coordinator role and worked hard leading a committee to bring about the first VIP, which included 148 players, the largest to date – until 2022 with 153 attendees.

The tournament is held each year during the Vancouver Pride festivities, typically the first weekend of August. In 2023 the VIP tournament was selected by the GLTA to be part of the Masters Series.

View past results

2023 – Masters Series Event

A Singles: Nicholas Aguirre
B 40+ Singles: Arturo Samaniego
B Singles: Sijia Liu
C Singles: Wally Ye
D Singles: Jason Chapin
Open Singles: Kyle Swain
A Doubles: Nicholas Aguirre & Arturo Samaniego
B Doubles: Colin Li & Marc Richard
C Doubles: Jr Hammond & Jeffrey Hernaez
D Doubles: Jason Chapin & Erik Peterson
Open Doubles: Adrian Garcia & Kyle Swain

2022

A Singles: Spenser Phelan
B Singles: Ian Guenther
C Singles: Dayton Skei
D Singles: Martin Zhu
Open Singles: Alan Israel Noriega
A Doubles: Brian Bella & Colleen Shaw
B Doubles: Scott Itano & Adam Vavrek
C Doubles: Sofiya Pylypenko & Dayton Skei
D Doubles: Aaron Barrett & Victor Couto Campos
Open Doubles: Scott Crabtree & Krystyan Kammeron Lazarin

2021

Open Singles: C. Koo
Open Doubles: D. Ou/S. Rogerson
A Singles: P. Klomjaroon
A Doubles: D. Louko/M. Scholz
B Singles: L. Pilleri
B Doubles: J. Finlay/P. Wiens
C Singles: B. Kirkhope
C Doubles: C. Li/M. Richard
D Singles J. Cobham

2020

Not held due to COVID-19 pandemic

2019

 

2019

 

2017

 

2016

Men’s Open Singles: Kevin Tsay
Men’s Open Doubles: Brian Bella & Gorman Leung
Men’s A Singles: Cornel Van West
Men’s A Doubles: Daniel Louko & Michael Scholz
Men’s B Singles: Michael Callangan
Men’s B Doubles: Carmine DiGiovanni & Chris Westcott
Men’s C Singles: Thomas Bodnar
Men’s C Doubles: Thomas Bodnar & Rick Paradis
Men’s D Singles: Lance Wen
Women’s Singles: Alexia Georgoussis
Women’s Doubles Round Robin: Sally Shamai

2015

Men’s Open Singles: Don Koo
Men’s Open Doubles: Bryan Chung & Don Koo
Men’s A Singles: Brian Bella
Men’s A Doubles: Bryce Burns & Bryan Chung
Men’s B Singles: Sean Rose
Men’s B Doubles: Jason Herrera & James Thompson
Men’s C Singles: Michael Brown
Men’s C Doubles: Herb DaSilva & Roger Merkosky
Men’s D Singles: Katherine Chow

2014

Men’s Open Singles: Collin Koo
Men’s Open Doubles: Brian Bella & Collin Koo
Men’s A Singles: Marc Ramus
Men’s A Doubles: Wes Hawrysh & Michael Henson
Men’s B Singles: Jody Watt
Men’s B Doubles: Doug MacDonald & Jody Watt
Men’s C Singles: Kurt Wong
Men’s C Doubles: Bill Eubank & Kurt Wong
Men’s D Singles: Garrett Cheung

2013

Men’s Open Singles: Collin Koo
Men’s Open Doubles: Brian Bella & Collin Koo
Men’s A Singles: Pete Dinh
Men’s A Doubles: Otto Chan & Don Koo
Men’s B Singles: Peter Liang
Men’s B Doubles: Eugene Cheng & Chris Westcott
Men’s C Singles: Tim Meksavanh
Men’s C Doubles: Alexander Jones & Tim Meksavanh
Men’s D Singles: Michael Brain
Women’s A/B Singles: Katherine Kadler
Women’s A/B Doubles: Evangeline Johnson & Coralie Tripier

2012

Men’s Open Singles: Ian Harvey
Men’s A Singles: James Morgan
Men’s A Doubles: Wes Hawrysh & Ted Romero
Men’s B Singles: Bao Ong
Men’s B Doubles: Michael Delao & Jamie Ferguson
Men’s C Singles: Randy Christensen
Men’s C Doubles: Ben Clermont & Peter Liang
Men’s C 50+ Singles: Ray Duenez
Men’s D Singles: Gregory Pac
Men’s D Doubles: Brant Amos & Dennis McGlothin

2011 Out Games

2011’s VIP was combined with the North American OutGames. 120 players competed at Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park over 4 days.

Men’s Open Singles: Ian Harvey
Men’s Open Doubles: Trevor Richards & Kevin Tam
Men’s A Singles: Martin Knopp
Men’s A Doubles: Martin Knopp & Ron Pascoe
Men’s B Singles: John Sinforiano
Men’s B Doubles: Khai Ong & Jody Watt
Men’s C Singles: Ray Duenez
Men’s C Doubles: Paul Atkinson & Jorge Calderon
Men’s D Singles: Paul Wiens
Men’s D Doubles: David Fletcher & Ryan Resch
Women’s B Singles: Katherine Kadler
Women’s C Singles: Hiroko Konishi
Women’s C Doubles: Evangeline Johnson & Hiroko Konishi
Mixed A Doubles: Ann Lydon & Terence Little
Mixed B Doubles: Hiroko Konishi & Wallen Chang-Hong
Mixed C Doubles: Sonya Jaquez Lewis & Michel Alsharidah

2010

Men’s A Singles: Daniel Louko
Men’s A Doubles: Brian Lai & Daniel Louko
Men’s B Singles: Wes Hawrysh
Men’s B Doubles: Tim Crowell & Ryan Wong
Men’s C Singles: Julius Isidro
Men’s C Doubles: Hau Truong & Loi Truong
Men’s D Singles: Brian Huang
Men’s D Doubles: Ryan Resch & Matthew Taylor
Women’s Doubles: Claudia Diorio & Frances Murphy
Mixed B/C Doubles: Frances Murphy & Marlon Marcial

2009

Men’s Open Singles: Quynh Le
Men’s Open Doubles: Collin Koo & Quynh Le
Men’s A Singles: Terence Little
Men’s A Doubles: Ricky Cosby & Eric Wang
Men’s B Singles: Chris Westcott
Men’s B Doubles: Charles Friesen & Chris Westcott
Men’s C Singles: Jorge Calderon
Men’s C Doubles: Chris Goldsmith & Bertram Johnson
Men’s D Singles: Brent Tom
Men’s D Doubles: Patrick Forseille & Daryl Kochan
Women’s B Singles: Julie Carlsten
Mixed B Doubles: Josie Vu & Jared Lewis
Mixed D Doubles: Ann Dowdell & David Woods

2008

Men’s A Singles: Daniel Louko
Men’s A Doubles: Kirby Leong & Daniel Louko
Men’s B Singles: Tien Le
Men’s B Doubles: Charles Friesen & Chris Westcott
Men’s C Singles: Ben Clermont
Men’s C Doubles: Michel Alsharidah & Herb DaSilva
Men’s D Singles: Hau Truong

2007

Men’s Open Singles: Trevor Richards
Men’s Open Doubles: Collin Koo & Trevor Richards
Men’s A Singles: Paul Keith
Men’s A Doubles: Mitch Cockrum & Mike Grable
Men’s B Singles: Jonathan White
Men’s B Doubles: Louis Chang & Kevin O’Brien
Men’s C Singles: Ekko Jirapongpan
Men’s C Doubles: Bruce Choy & Ekko Jirapongpan
Men’s D Singles: Brien O’Brien
Men’s D Doubles: David Eisenbud & Brien O’Brien
Women’s B Singles: Julie Carlsten

2006

Not held due to World OutGames

2005

Men’s A Singles: Jeff Worthington
Men’s A Doubles: Jeff Worthington & Toni Phan-LeBlanc
Men’s B Singles: Wes Hawrysh
Men’s B Doubles: Wes Hawrysh & Barron McConnachie
Men’s C Singles: Bud Foley
Men’s C Doubles: Bruce Choy & Bud Foley
Men’s D Singles: Rick Paradis
Men’s D Doubles: Rick Paradis & John Wood
Women’s Singles: Agueda Sanchez
Women’s Doubles: Renata Bura & Frances Murphy

2004

Men’s Open Singles: Collin Koo
Men’s Open Doubles: Brian Bella & Brian Sinclair
Men’s A Singles: Ted Romero
Men’s A Doubles: Kyle Anderson & Terry Kirk
Men’s B Singles: John Vermeulen
Men’s B Doubles: Albert Barlucea & Doug MacDonald
Men’s C Singles: Eugene Cheng
Men’s C Doubles: Glen Baird & Vincent Centeno
Men’s D Singles: Joseph Damaso
Men’s D Doubles: Joseph Damaso & Peter Silin
Women’s Singles: Sally Shamai
Women’s Doubles: Kim Bauske & Pat Solberg

2003

Men’s Open Singles: Collin Koo
Men’s Open Doubles: Brian Bella & Brian Sinclair
Men’s A Singles: Mark Dinh
Men’s A Doubles: Ricardo Raudes & Shawn Snook
Men’s B Singles: Alan Liu
Men’s B Doubles: Kevin Gillard & Jody Watt
Men’s C Singles: Chris Westcott
Men’s C Doubles: Mike Safino & Kent Taylor
Men’s D Singles: Eric Liaw
Men’s D Doubles: Eugene Cheng & Eric Liaw
Women’s B Singles: Donna Allaby
Women’s B Doubles: Colleen Berry & Calli O’Brien
Women’s C Singles: Zaiba Kahn
Women’s C Doubles: Zaiba Kahn & Sally Shamai
Women’s D Singles: Leslie Kennedy
Women’s D Doubles: Valerie DiCapita & Leslie Kennedy
Mixed B Doubles: Donna Allaby & Kevin Gillard
Mixed C Doubles: Leslie Kennedy & Khai Ong

2002

Men’s Open Singles: Brian Sinclair
Men’s Open Doubles: Collin Koo & Kirby Leong
Men’s A Singles: Glenn Maarse
Men’s A Doubles: Chuck Pecka & John Wilson
Men’s B Singles: Thomas Lee
Men’s B Doubles: Angel Almanza & Brian Duck
Men’s C Singles: David Sauve
Men’s C Doubles: James Millar & Bo Rose
Men’s D Singles: Glen Baird

2001

Men’s Open Singles: Matin Bahadori
Men’s Open Doubles: Daniel Louko & Michael Scholz
Men’s A Singles: Todd Quesnel
Men’s A Doubles: Tom Pogue & Michael Price
Men’s B Singles: John Finlay
Men’s B Doubles: Stephen Champion & Steve Froling
Men’s C Singles: Jose Palisoc
Men’s C Doubles: Jose Palisoc & Ken MacDonald
Men’s D Singles: Keith Wood
Men’s D Doubles: Carlos Olano & Keith Wood
Women’s D Singles: Janice McClintock
Women’s D Doubles: Kip Hard & Carolyn Young
Mixed C Doubles: Janice McClintock & Doug MacDonald

2000

Men’s Open Singles: Matin Bahadori
Men’s Open Doubles: Matin Bahadori & Terence Little
Men’s A Singles: Francis Dunselman
Men’s A Doubles: Kirby Leong & Todd Quesnel
Men’s B Singles: Deron Collins
Men’s B Doubles: Bryan Bechtold & Mitch Cockrum
Men’s C Singles: Michael Tang
Men’s C Doubles: Ron Pascoe & Kevin Gillard
Men’s D Singles: David Sauve
Men’s D Doubles: David McLellan & missing
Women’s A/B Singles: Mary Howarth
Women’s A/B Doubles: Anjo Veestre & Barbara Webster
Women’s C/D Singles: Melanie Moor
Women’s C/D Doubles: Donna Allaby & Janice McClintock
Mixed A/B Doubles: Barbara Webster & missing
Mixed C Doubles: Sandra Laurie & Richard Lucas
Mixed D Doubles: Sharyn Collis & Peter Steele