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Posted on 27 Mar 2008 at 2:32pm
By Daniel A. Kusner


COURT ORDER: After decades of tennis frustration David Sance got lucky with the Oak Lawn league.

Oak Lawn Tennis gets weekend bouncing with ‘Promiscuous Doubles’

Growing up in Argentina, tennis frustrated David Sance. It was a country club sport, and he didn’t have the dough for lessons or renting courts at private clubs. So after one summer of playing on the clay courts in his hometown, Sance hung up his heavy white aluminum racquet.

In 2002, he had moved to the New York and started watching tennis matches on TV. He also found an online buddy to hit the ball around with, but Manhattan tennis frustrated Sance as well: weather conditions, lack of partners, traffic, commuting and court availability.

In 2004, he relocated to Dallas, and after clicking around the Net, he found the Oak Lawn Tennis Association — Dallas’ oldest LGBT sports organization.

Some members invited him to check out the league — for free. And after one session, Sance was hooked — playing three times a week and becoming OLTA’s most consistent member. By 2005, he received the "most improved" award, advancing from a lowly C player to A player. And last year, he was named vice president of OLTA.

If you’ve always wanted to play tennis but found plenty of reasons to ditch the idea, OLTA is making things easy.

On Saturday, OLTA holds their annual friends of tennis tournament. This year, the friendly round-robin play is called "promiscuous doubles," where players get to play with a bunch of different partners and opponents every 10 minutes and meet new friends. Newbies are welcome to join the fun — for free. And if you want, you can decide to join the league later.

— Daniel A. Kusner


"Promiscuous Doubles: Friends of Tennis" tournament. March 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. at Samuell Grand Tennis Center, 6200 E Grand Ave.

OLTA plays three times a week: Sundays, 9 a.m.-noon at Samuell Grand Tennis Center. Courts 15-20.; Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Thursdays 6 p.m.-8p.m. at L.B. Houston Tennis Center, 11225 Luna Rd. Memberships, $175. Payment plan available. Includes court fees, social activities and awards.



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Mandy’s mom hops over the net with lesbian tennis pro

Mandy Moore’s mother, has left her husband after 28 years of marriage — and run off with a woman according to the National Enquirer.

Stacy Moore, 50, left her husband and moved in with her girlfriend, openly gay tennis pro Claudette Laliberte.

The Enquirer also alleges that the women have set up a home together.? The relationship between Stacy and Laliberte apparently came to light after intimate e-mails were discovered between the two women by one of Laliberte’s lovers. When asked about her same-sex relationship with Laliberte, Stacy told the Enquirer: "It’s nobody’s business why we’re together."?




- DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dallas Voice

READY! SET! HIKE! — Texas Bulls recruits new flag footballers

The Texas Bulls Flag Football Club is only three years old, but it has a lot to be proud of.

In 2006, the Bulls hosted Gay Bowl VI — the Super Bowl of the National Gay Flag Football League — which attracted 16 teams. Dallas got to host Gay Bowl because of Jere Becker’s hard work — Becker, pictured, is the Bulls’ president and quarterback. And he’s trying to woo more athletes [including lesbians] to join the pigskin fun.

Becker says Bulls scrimmages are being held every Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Ranchview High School in Irving. He hopes to expand flag football into other Texas cities so that Austin, Dallas and Houston have multiple teams to create a Texas tournament called the Armadillo Bowl next spring.

The Bulls are getting ready for a Houston scrimmage next month, April 26-27, a Chicago tournament in June and Gay Bowl VIII in Salt Lake City.

— Daniel A. Kusner

Weekend practices at Ranchview High School, 8401 E. Valley Ranch Pkwy. Irving. For more information, visit Texasbullsffc.com

These articles appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 28, 2008

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