The third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic was held Saturday to Monday, November 9-11, 2019 at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center (5900 Marconi Dr.), considered to be the finest tennis facility in the state. Sugar Bowl junior tennis returned in 2016 after a hiatus of nearly two decades.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic is a USTA National Tournament. It is a USTA National Qualifying Tournament for female and male players ages 12 to 18 years old that reside anywhere within the United States. The top 32 applicants in each age / gender division earn entry into the tournament. The tournament hosts both singles and doubles in every age division (Boys & Girls 12, 14, 16 and 18).
A total of 528 individuals representing 34 states were entered in the 2019 event. States represented are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
The Sugar Bowl sponsored a junior tennis tournament from 1948-1993. It evolved into a collegiate and international tourney from 1994 to 2001.
LHSAA Class 5A Region III Tennis Tournament
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has also sponsored the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A Region IV Tennis Tournament for the past 11 years at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center. The event crowns the top boys’ and girls’ tennis teams and individuals from the Bayou region of Louisiana and the South-shore Metro New Orleans area. Each quarterfinalist in singles and doubles qualifies for the LHSAA State Championships.
Brother Martin High School and Mount Carmel Academy successfully defended their boys’ and girls’ championships, respectively, at the 2019 event.
Top-seeded Iris Westmoreland, from Mount Carmel, won the girls’ singles title with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Mary-Parker Whisnant from Dominican. Mount Carmel had the top two-seeded teams in the girls’ doubles bracket and that held to form in the tournament as the duo of Caroline Arnold and Niki Bountovinas topped teammates Sydney Green and Casey Pappas, 6-3, 6-0, in the title match. Arnold and Bountovinas also won the regional doubles title last year.
In boys’ singles action, Brother Martin’s Matthew Armbruster defeated defending champion Jojo Sandoz from Jesuit, 6-1, 6-3. In doubles action, the Crusaders also came out on top as the team of Hunter Kael and Jack Robinson posted a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Nick Crockens and James Henican from Jesuit. Kael and Robinson had been the regional runners-up in 2018.
The Sugar Bowl’s World Junior Tennis Classic was held from 1994 to 2001. The event showcased the top American and international junior tennis players. The Classic was an International Tennis Federation sanctioned event. The eight-day event was played in the beginning of September and held indoors at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside’s Rivercenter Racquet and Health Club courts.