| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Metropolitan Tennis Group (MTG) hosted the Liberty Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center as a part of the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association (GLTA).

Each year, MTG brings the LGBTQ community from around the globe together to compete in one of the best tournaments that the GLTA has to offer. In addition to the Liberty Open, MTG holds several events for their members and guests throughout the year, not only help raise awareness about the LGBTQ community, but to help raise money for charitable organizations in New York City.

In the Men’s Singles Open Division, Tavaris Delaney of Georgia took on Jon Guerrica, a Tampa, Fla. native who has made New York his home. In a highly-competitive three-set final, Delaney fought back from a set down to defeat Guerrica, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, to win the Open Division. Delaney also teamed up with Chris Byrne to defeat the team of Casey Schnabel & Sammy Tam to capture the Men’s Doubles Open Division.

Below is the list of all winners and finalists from all the Divisions:

Men’s Singles Open
►Tavaris Delaney (winner)

Jon K. Guerrica (runner-up)

Men’s Singles A Division
Michael Flaherty (winner)
Khiem Do (runner-up)

Men’s Singles B Division
Miroslav Trunec (winner)
Justin D. Weaver (runner-up)

Men’s Singles B (40+) Division
Christopher L. Koeck (winner)
Dennis Malone (runner-up)

Men’s Singles C Division
Timothy Ryan Olson (winner)
Wei Xie (runner-up)

Men’s Singles C (40+) Division
David Vansuch (winner)
David B. Hart (runner-up)

Men’s Doubles Open Division
Chris Byrne & Tavaris Delaney (winners)
Casey Schnabel & Sammy Tam (runners-up)

Men’s Doubles A Division
►Isaac Halpern & Dennis Malone (winners)
Trent Hurst & Dennis F. Loleng (runners-up)

Men’s Doubles B Division
Jonathan Li & Ben Prima (winners)
Guy E. Mallory & Justin D. Weaver (runners-up)

Men’s Doubles C Division
Wenjen Cheng & Wei Xie (winners)
Shiv Paul & Kenrick I. Ross (runners-up)

Credit all photos to Sidney Beal III

Tavaris Delaney was crowned winner of both the Men’s Singles Open Division and Men’s Doubles Open Division at the 2016 Liberty Open


Jon Guerrica in the Men’s Singles Open Division finals of the 2016 Liberty Open