The Amsterdam Pinkster Tournament is one of the largest international GLTA tennis tournaments for gays, lesbians, bi’s and transgenders. More than 300 women and men from over 20 different countries every year take part every year. Amster tennis club Smashing Pink organizes the tournament. This years’ edition takes place from 18th till 21st of May ash the gravel course of Amstelpark. The Pinkster Tournament is one of the many LGBTQI sports tournament taking place this year in Amsterdam.
Pinkster Tournament Schedule
With over 300 individual participants the organization has to run a tight schedule. That kicks of with a Meet & Greet on Thursday the 17th of May in Cafe l’Opera on the Rembrandtplein square in the centre of the city. Here the registration takes place and at the same time it is a great way to meet tennis friends.
The regular games will be played on Friday the 18th, Saturday the 19th and Sunday the 20th of May. Also various social activities are organized at the sports centre. The biggest social event will be on Saturday evening with a Walking Dinner and a Glitter & Glamour Party at the tennis park (separate tickets for €20,-).
On Monday the 21st of May (a public holiday in The Netherlands) is the Finals day of the tournament with semi-finals and finals in the different categories. The tournament will be closed off with drinks with and for the sponsors of the tournament and a closing ceremony.
Registration is possible on the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Association GLTA site. Here you find all the information about the different levels of games being played. Be sure to register in time, because the number of places is limited. All information about the payment of your registration fee can be found at the tournament regulations on the GLTA website.
If you want to buy a ticket for the social event (even without playing at the tournament) or support the tournament by buying a t-shirt, go the Pinkster Tournament website.
Pinkster Tournament background
In 1993 a few gay and lesbian tennis players took the initiative to organise a friendly gay and lesbian tournament. 16 men and 16 women from various tennis clubs participated. The event took place on Pinkster (Pentecost) Saturday. In 1994 they organized the tournament again, this time as a preparation for those who were going to participate the Gay Games in New York. Out of these first tournaments grew a thriving local tennis club for LGBT people, called Smashing Pink. The Pinkster Tournament kept on growing and is for many LGBT people a classic in their sports and social calendar.