imageIt’s crunch time for organizers of the Peach International Tennis Championships, one of the largest annual gay sporting events in metro Atlanta.

Some 203 participants are registered for the Peach International Tennis Champion-ships, an event hosted by the Atlanta Team Tennis Association and one of the largest tournaments on the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance circuit. Play opens in two facilities in DeKalb and Fulton counties on Aug. 29 and continues throughout the holiday weekend.

“There is going to be lots of great tennis going at all different levels and it’s a really fun time,” said Adam Helewski, the tournament’s director.

About one-third of participants are female, about the same number as 2007. Players range in age from 24 to 71 and are drawn from mostly the East Coast and Southeast, with about half from metro Atlanta, though the tournament also includes participants from Hawaii, Belgium, Puerto Rico and Vietnam.

Read more about the tournament in my Southern Voice sports column.