Allstate Sugar Bowl to sponsor national tennis tournament
Elite Junior Tennis Players to Compete at City Park Tennis Center
NEW ORLEANS – The Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic hosted by USTA Louisiana at New Orleans City Park Tennis Center will return on Saturday, November 11th through Monday, November 13th.
The tournament will be played at five locations (City Park Tennis Center, Atkinson Stern, Audubon Tennis Center, UNO Tennis Center, and Xavier Tennis Center), matches will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at all locations. The finals will take place at City Park Tennis Center on Monday, November 13th starting at 9:30 a.m. The tournament is free and open to the public at all locations.
The Sugar Bowl has a long history with the sport of tennis. It sponsored a junior tennis tournament from 1948-1993. It evolved into a collegiate and international tourney from 1994 to 2001. The junior tennis tournament debuted in 2016 and was contested for four years before COVID forced its cancellation in 2020 and 2021. Damages to the City Park Tennis Center from Hurricane Ida cancelled last year’s event.
Official Tournament Website
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic is a USTA National Tournament for female and male players from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in the 12&Under, 14&Under, 16&Under, and 18&Under age divisions. Over 900 youth players registered to be play in the event with only 256 being selected for the main draw in singles – the top 32 in each of the eight divisions. Those selected for the singles draws have the opportunity to play doubles with a partner from the draw; if they opt out, an alternate replaces for doubles bringing the total number of players to approximately 300.
The New Orleans area has a strong contingent of individuals who will be competing for championships, including Davit Dumanyan (Boys 12&Under, Destrehan), Carley Griffin (Girls 14&Under, New Orleans), My-Anh Holmes (Girls 18&Under, New Orleans), Camille Loria (Girls 12&Under, New Orleans), Caroline Melius (Girls 12&Under, Metairie), and Ciara Sergi (Girls 14&Under, Mandeville). Also representing the state of Louisiana will be Parker Bryan (Boys 12&Under, Baton Rouge), Grace Delello (Girls 14&Under, Broussard), Merril Eglin (Girls 12&Under, Baton Rouge), Jack McCrory (Boys 14&Under, Lake Charles), and Steve Rice (Boys 18&Under, Lake Charles).
A Friday evening panel will feature Louisiana collegiate tennis coaches.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 103 Hall of Fame players, 52 Hall of Fame coaches and 21 Heisman Trophy winners in its 89-year history. The 90th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as a College Football Playoff Semifinal, is scheduled to be played on January 1, 2024. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards, scholarships and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors thousands of student-athletes each year, while injecting nearly $2.4 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.
About City Park Conservancy
City Park Conservancy is the 501(c)3 that operates the day-to-day care of City Park, in partnership with the City Park Improvement Association, and oversees programming, fundraising, and membership management of the 1,300-acre Park. For over 170 years, City Park has provided access to abundant natural and cultural resources to residents of the region and visitors from around the world. The Park’s 1,300 acres make it one of the largest urban parks in the United States. City Park is a popular place to fish on the bayou, picnic, experience safe outdoor play, or engage in athletic pursuits—as evidenced by more than 3.2 million unique visits each year. The Park’s annual operating budget is largely derived from self-generated activities, often weather dependent. To learn more about the Park and to contribute to help maintain its greenspaces and community programs, visit NewOrleansCityPark.org.
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