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  • 25 Jan 2012 11:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    to those of you who follow the gltf blog, we will temporarily be turning off the notification setting for it. the company that hosts our blog has a bug in their software that falsely detects updates when there aren't any, and as such has sent too many unnecessary notifications. with the recent lull in traffic on the blog anyway, it will be good to wait for the bug to be fixed before waking it up again anyway.
  • 26 Aug 2011 2:30 PM | Deleted user
    Team San Francisco is pumped up and getting ready to head to sunny Palm Springs Sept. 24th & 25th to represent the GLTF and fight to bring back the PacCup to San Francisco. Teams from Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and this year’s host city, Palm Springs will be competing for the PacCup this year. Tim Wu, Co-Captain for Team San Francisco states, “we are feeling strong and confident with the team that has been put together and we are ready to head to San Diego next month to bring back the PacCup”. Mitchell Hasty adds, “we are excited with our roster of both men and women this year and I too like our chances. The team spirit and determination to do San Francisco proud is a great motivator for us.”
     
    Team San Francisco will be holding a raffle for a GREAT prize (September 17th, 4-7) at The Lookout! Please help support the team’s trip to Palm Springs by buying some raffle tickets. A list of all our players from the team’s final roster will be sent out later via email blast with details of the prize and date of the drawing; so be sure to find one of our guys to get your tickets. You will not have to be present to win.
  • 27 Jun 2011 9:44 AM | Deleted user

    This is one of those times that I would drop everything if I had the chance for a “second Monday” ticket to Wimbledon! All of these jaw-dropping match-ups all on one day. I would be in heaven.
    But even in heaven there would still be Wimbledon round of 16 picks to make. And man are there some great matches set for tomorrow.

    Gasquet versus Murray
    Danger Will Robinson! I mean danger Andy Murray! This will be Andy’s trickiest match so far. Richard has quietly won all of his matches without doing a set. He’s playing loose and comfortable tennis. If Andy doesn’t use the crowd to his advantage to get on top of his French opponent early it could be a tough one for him. But I still see Murray coming through this one no matter how tough given his confidence AND the venue.

    Venus versus Pironkova
    Another dangerous match against the woman who tool her out last year. Venus is playing well but sometimes you’re never sure who will show up in her matches. The good Venus or the bad Venus who can’t close out points. Let’s hope for the first.

    Rafa versus JMDP
    Rafa will have his hands full against Juan Martin. The Argentine is not known for his grass court prowess, and has struggled in earlier matches. But no one can deny his ball striking and his ability to serve his way out of trouble. Rafa has played well and got out of a tricky match against Muller in straight sets. This will be his strongest test yet. But his experience will help him immensely and he should be able to get through this match.

    Serena versus Marion
    On court 1 the easy favorites are Novak and Roger. Serena will have her hands full against Bartoli however. I initially picked Neroli to win this match. Now I’m not so sure. Serena has improved with each round while Marion has had back to back 3 setters. If Serena comes out sharp this match will be hers. Otherwise Marion will get into her ball-striking grove early and it will get very complicated.

    Maria is playing well and should get through easily. Cibulkova will challenge Caroline greatly, but Caroline is playing fantastic and almost error-free tennis. She should get through this match. The last American male Mardy Fish? It will be a tall order for him to best Tomas Berdych. But he could pull out the upset depending on Berdych’s first serve percentage and mental state.

    Victoria and Feliciano should both come through their matches. I know it’s bad of me but I want Vika to go down soon because of the whole grunting thing. I don’t want to listen to that sound next Saturday! ;-)

    Jo Wilfried versus David
    Ferrer will probably go down to Jo Wilfried Tsonga on Monday. Tsonga is playing well on grass this year and playing well in this tournament. Ferrer just doesn’t have anything other than his strong baseline game to take him deeper into this tournament where you need so much more than that.

    Bernie Tomic versus Xavier Malisse
    Tough call on this one. After all, who would ever have picked Tomic over Soderling? Tomic has notched improbable wins already this past week so you never know. His mix and match game allows his opponents no rhythm. If he keeps his focus and gets the X man out of his game and rhythm on his groundies he could pull off another upset.

    Going out on a slight limb for some, here are my picks to make it to the quarters:
    Men
    Rafa
    Fish
    Murray
    Lopez
    Tsonga
    Roger
    Tomic
    Novak

    Women
    Caroline
    Maria
    Sabine
    Serena
    Tamira
    Victoria
    Petra
    Venus


    This post is from GLTF member Kevin Ware. More of his tennis insights can be found on his blog, http://kevware.com/tennis

  • 23 Jun 2011 7:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CLAIMING THE TITLE: GAY OLYMPICS ON TRIAL: an award winning 30 min documentary on the history of GAY GAMES will be shown on KQED-TV PRIDE SUNDAY - 26 June - 7PM.  

    In 1982 a San Francisco athletic group headed by Tom Waddell MD (himself a medal winning Olympian) organized an athletic and arts competition for LGBT people from around the world based on the Olympic model but stressing "personal best as an out person". The multi day event was named "Gay Olympics". This was immediately challenged by the International Olympics Committee and ended with the US Supreme Court denying the usage of Gay Olympics, thus the origin of Gay Games. This legal defeat challenged the role of gay and lesbian people in sports. This video documents that history. 

  • 21 Jun 2011 10:55 AM | Deleted user

    If you haven’t had a chance to read my breakdown of the draws that leads us to this point, you can check out that post by clicking here.

    Assuming the top four make it to the finals, it’s almost anyone’s guess what will happen. But no one wants to read a post where I outline why each of the top 4 seeds could be the eventual champion, right? You expect more than that I’m sure. So here goes…

    Even though I am not generally a betting man I would place Rafa and Roger into their 4th Wimbledon final together.

    I would take Rafa over Andy Murray by simple virtue of the fact that by the semi-finals of the big events, Rafa is generally playing better and more focused tennis. One only has to look back at the French Open to remind us of what happens when Rafa makes it to the semis. After playing admittedly substandard tennis through many of his opening rounds, Rafa showed up to his semi-final with Any Murray and was pretty much back to his focused and brutal best. It was no cakewalk, but the outcome was never really in question.

    As for Andy, and at Wimbledon in particular, he usually starts to play much tighter tennis in the latter stages as the pressure starts to become way too intense for most players to bear. He has done pretty well shouldering the burden of British tennis up to this point. And he has produced some great stuff at Wimbledon in past years. And last week he took the title in convincing style at the AEGON Championships. Still, if each show up to the semi-final focused and play their best on the given day on this particular surface, I choose Rafa.

    Nole versus Roger is a much tougher call but one that is still fairly clear in my mind. On clay, I knew that Roger was the only player with enough variety and attack in his game to be able to challenge Novak. Rafa had tried in 4 successive finals to stick to a game plan of trying to break down Novak’s backhand and it had backfired on him each time. It was even odd to see such stubbornness from Rafa in not varying his game to get Novak “out” of his game. Roger too has such bouts of stubbornness, but is more willing to experiment as he gets older (and wiser). I knew that he would mix things up and take away the net whenever possible to help break Novak’s hitting rhythm.

    The same could be said of Roger’s strategy on grass. Roger has enough experience and variety undefined read net game undefined to keep Nole from making it a contest of hitting (though Roger displayed at the French that he can still hit with the younger guys as necessary). There is also the belief factor. Roger knows what needs to be done to win here. Novak, confident as he is, still has a bit of doubt about his chances at Wimbledon. He desperately wants to win this title. But unlike clay, he has only had this two week period to hone his game for this “once a year” chance. And given that he pulled out of the Queen’s Club and doesn’t have recent match play under his belt, it could play against him at crunch time against Roger.

    Rafa versus Roger in the final … Rafa in 5. I sat long and hard thinking about this choice before typing. It could easily have been Roger in 5. After all, Roger will be highly motivated to set things right after yet another French Open defeat at Rafa’s hands. Again, the experience will be in his favor and his variety on grass is always key in this match-up. Then again, with each successive final these two have played Rafa always managed to perform better than the last. The first final went to 4 sets. The second to 5. The third was finally a victory over Roger in a mammoth 5 set battle lasting into the darkness. Given that match history it’s hard to imagine that Rafa will produce a lesser result than his previous matches. And it must be noted that in that last match Rafa immediately jumped out to a 6-4 6-4 two sets to love lead. He was up in the third set tiebreak, and then fell apart at the finish. If not for that tiebreak performance he would have taken out Roger in straights.

    Ultimately it will depend on who shows up the sharpest. These guys know exactly what to expect from one another. There are no secrets. It will come down to execution and desire in the moment. Like I said, it could go either way easily. But you can go ahead and put me down for the Rafa betting line.
    Rafa in 5.


    This article was written by Kevin Ware - More of his match predictions/event recaps can be found at - http://kevware.com/tennis/

  • 14 Jun 2011 11:52 AM | Deleted user

    Please spread the word, it is very important that tennis players show up and be counted!

    Public Workshop # 2 Thursday, June 30- 6:30 PM Mission High School Cafeteria 3750 18th Street


    June 30th Workshop to Follow-up Successful Kickoff of Dolores Park Community Design Process

    On June 30th at 6:30pm in the Mission High School Cafeteria, the Dolores Park Project Steering Committee and RPD will host the second Dolores Park community design workshop.  During this session park users and neighbors will vote to determine the priorities of the project and then work in small groups to create conceptual plans for the rehabilitation of the park.

    For more information about the project:

    http://sfrecpark.org/doloresParkProject.aspx


    Thanks for your help!

  • 14 Jun 2011 11:46 AM | Deleted user

    Cal Cup is an annual competition among the top players from California’s three leading cities, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles.  2011 marks the 26th anniversary of this prestigious tri-city event. The California Cup was first hosted by San Diego in 1986 and created to showcase the best gay tennis players in California.


    This year’s event will be held on October 1 and 1 at the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex.

     

    Cal Cup is open to all current GLTF members with a USTA rating of 4.5 or higher. The Cal Cup team consists of best 24 singles players and best 12 doubles teams.


    More info - Cal Cup Competition (Members only)

  • 14 Jun 2011 11:45 AM | Deleted user

    Another USGO has come and gone.  Our interlude at Golden Gate Park offered us a glimpse of that which defines San Francisco - the unpredictable rain, the exotic drumbeat, the wandering homeless, and the diverse hospitality.  Next year, the USGO will return to Stanford and its secluded tranquility.  We hope to see you there.  In the meantime, let us know your thoughts about this year's tournament - the good, the bad, and everything in between.


    The 2011 USGO Champions:


    Men's Open Singles - Ian Shipps

    Men's Open Doubles - Norm Burgos and Eric Schuettinger


    Men's A Singles - Santi Soumpholphakdy

    Men's A Doubles - Minh Chan and Howie Chang


    Women's A Singles - Kathy Emery

    Women's A Doubles - Merri Baldwin and Miranda Kolbe


    Men's B Singles - Robert Beuther

    Men's B Doubles - Andy Fouché and Rob Ferguson


    Women's B Singles - Ann Robson

    Women's B Doubles - Jojo Donetti and Marissa Myers


    Men's C Singles - Julio Mora

    Men's C Doubles - Julio Mora and Jeffrey Wang


    Women's C Singles - Michelle Philpot

    Women's C Doubles - Kaila Morris and Michelle Philpot


    Men's D Singles - Leo Chan

    Men's D Doubles - Dennis McGlotthin and Eric Nguyen

  • 26 Apr 2011 12:43 PM | Deleted user
    Well, the Peeps and Hot Cross Buns have all been eaten and the bunnies are off to their warrens, thank you to everyone for coming out and making it such a fun day.   In the Chicken Division there were enough players to run a Compass Format.  Winnie and Tom P made it through with three wins after a close match with Janelle and Tim H. The battle for third place was just as tight.  Peg and Kirk took on Carla M and Jeremy. They split sets, it could have gone either way but Carla and Jeremy must have downed some chocolate eggs at the last minute to give them the edge to pull it out on in the third set. 
    Over in the Egg Division, there were 6 teams, which worked well for a pro set round robin.  Many of the sets were very close with 8-7 wins on a no ad deuce point.  Carla R and Brad, an experienced and steady team, came out on top with 5 wins, Barb and Michael were right behind with 4 wins and Kevin and Sherry, a new team, were in third place with three wins. 
    Special costume award went to Marissa and Tim W and pup Beanie Beanie for embracing the Easter Spirit.
    Thanks again for putting up with my “creative” format and last minute rules. It was great to see long time members of the GLTF along side new members that just joined. A special thanks to Tom P for dying the eggs and my wife, Carla M, getting up early to help me make the score sheets, pack the car and pick up the Hot Cross Buns.


    Chicken Division - Compass Format
    Winners: Winnie Fink and Thomas Pelliccioni
    Finalist: Janelle Lee and Tim Herzik
    Consolation: Carla McKay and Jeremy Leffler
     
    Egg Division - Round Robin
    Winners: Carla Richmond and Brad Deal
    Finalist: Barb Singleton and Michael Ahrens
    Consolation: Sherry Benninger and Kevin Ware

  • 26 Apr 2011 12:39 PM | Deleted user
    Grab your racket and join Cal’s Lair of the Golden Bear in beautiful Pinecrest, CA forLair Golf and Tennis CampYour six-day stay is an extraordinary, high-energy tennis vacation and includes daily professional instruction on eight courts and features USPTA Pros Bob Klyce and Dynamite Doubles author and pro tour veteran Helle Sparre, and Cal tennis coaching legend Jan Brogan. Session curriculum caters to the more serious, accomplished, and competitive tennis player and will be focused on helping you become a complete player. Those around a 3.5 rating or higher will be right at home.
     
    During your Lair stay, you’ll also enjoy a multitude of fantastic side activities in our mountain playground, including tie-dye, swim instruction and water aerobics, hot tubbing, nightly mixers, Lair Golf (with tennis balls), and evening campfire entertainment.
     
    The cost is $795 per person and includes all food, lodging, and instruction. NOTE:USTA members will receive a $100 discount on their rate (You will be asked to provide your USTA number at time of registration). And GLTF members will enjoy an additional $50 discount on their rate if registering before May 31, 2011 (Simply enter “GLTF-SF Special” in the Special Request Box). Space is limited to 120 tennis players so you are encouraged to register early.
     
    For more information or to make your reservation, visit alumni.berkeley.edu/lair (Click onBook A Tent) or call 510.642.0221. The Lair welcomes all - you do not need to be a Cal graduate to attend this or any Lair session!
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