Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis
The second annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Tournament was played from Saturday to Monday, November 11-13, 2017 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 event, sanctioned by the United State Tennis Association, draws top players, 12 to 18 years old, from around the nine states of the Southern Section. New Orleans City Park will run the tournament with the support of the Louisiana Tennis Association.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Tournament featured both singles and doubles draws (for boys and girls) with 32 competitors in each bracket for nearly 1,500 competitors taking part in the elite-level tournament. The nine-state Southern region is the largest of the USTA’s 17 sections, said Louisiana Tennis Association Director Robert Worley. The top 56 boys and girls players in the section may apply to play in the Sugar Bowl tournament, though the draws in each grouping were limited to the top 32-ranked applicants to ensure the highest quality competition possible throughout the brackets.
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 10 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 upended Jesuit to snap a nine-year run of championships by the Blue Jays, while Mount Carmel’s victory over Dominican snapped a streak of five straight titles. Both Brother Martin and Mount Carmel were second last year – in fact, the Cubs had finished second for the last five years.
The top singles story was in girls’ action as Mount Carmel’s Taylor Garcia successfully captured her fourth straight regional title. Garcia, who will play tennis at Washington & Lee University in the fall, defeated teammate Julia Kapusta in the finals, 6-0, 6-0.
In boys’ singles action, Jesuit’s Jojo Sandoz upended defending champion Ethan Bosch from Brother Martin, 6-0, 6-4.
Brother Martin’s Ben Chanes and Matthew Armbruster teamed up to win the boys’ doubles championship with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over fellow Crusaders Hunter Kael and Jack Robinson. On the girls’ side, the Mount Carmel tandem of Caroline Arnold and Nikki Bountovinas posted a 6-3, 6-1 championship victory over Kacey Pappas and Katey Brennan, also from Mount Carmel.
- 2018: Brother Martin and Mt. Carmel Halt Region IV Tennis Dynasties
- 2017: Dynasties Continue at Class 5A Region IV Tennis Championships
- 2016: Jesuit and Dominican Continue Regional Tennis Dominance
- 2015: Familiar Faces Repeat as Champs at the Regional Tennis Tournament
- 2014: Dominican and Jesuit Repeat as Class 5A Regional IV Tennis Champs
- 2013: Dominican and Jesuit Capture Class 5A Region IV Tennis Titles
- 2012: Jesuit and Mount Carmel Make It Four Straight Regional Tennis Titles, but Dominican Earns Share in Girls Event
- 2011: Jesuit and Mount Carmel Make It Three Straight With Tennis Titles
- 2010: Jesuit and Mount Carmel Win Class 5A Region IV Tennis Titles
- 2009: Jesuit Boys Collect LHSAA Class 5A Region IV Tennis Title
- 2009: Mount Carmel Wins Girls’ Title at LHSAA Class 5A Region IV Tennis Tournament
World Junior Tennis Classic
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.
Boys’ Singles: No. 1 Andy Roddick (Boca Raton, Fla.) def. No. 3 Roman Valent (Switzerland), 6-4, 6-3.
Girls’ Singles: No. 1 Tatiana Perebiynis (Ukraine) def. No. 12 Jelena Jankovic (Yugoslavia), 26-, 6-3, 7-5.
Girls’ Doubles: No. 1 Christina Wheeler & Samantha Stosur (Australia) def. Unseeded So Hseih (Taipei) & Shuai Peng (China), 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.
Boys’ Doubles: No. 2 Bruno Echagaray & Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) def. No. 4 Jacobo Hernandez (Mexico) & Amaud Segodo (Benin), 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Boys’ Singles: No. 14 Peter John Nomdo (South Africa) def. Andy Roddick (Boca Raton, Fla.), 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Girls’ Singles: No. 2 Lenka Dlhopolcova (Slovakia) def. No. 4 Melissa Sowse (Australia), 6-0, 6-3.
Boys’ Doubles: Unseeded Andrew Banks & ben Riby (Great Britain) def. No. 1 Todor Enev (Bulgaria) & Daniel Lange (Mexico), 6-4, 6-3.
Girls’ Doubles: No. 4 Christina Wheeler (Australia) & Natalie Grandin (South Africa) def. No. 1 Dlhopolcova & Lubomira Kurhajcova (Slovenia), 6-0, 6-3.
Boys’ Singles: Unseeded Joachim Johansson (Sweden) def. No. 6 Alexei Kedriouk (Kazakhstan), 7-6(5), 6-2.
Girls’ Singles: No. 6 Iroda Tulyaganova (Uzbekistan) def. No. 10 Monika Horvath (Hungary), 6-1, 6-0.
Girls’ Doubles: No. 1 Leanne Baker (New Zealand) & Erica Krauth (Argentina) def. Iroda Tulyaganova (Uzbekistan) & Zuzana Kucova (Slovak Republic), 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Boys’ Doubles: Philip Gubenco & Charles Sevigny (Canada) def. Ryan Haviland & John Gray (United States), 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 6-3.
Boys’ Singles: No. 1 Wei-Jen Cheng (Taipei) def. No. 2 Valentin Sanon (Ivory Coast), 6-3, 6-2.
Girls’ Singles: No. 8 Hannah Collin (Great Britain) def. No. 3 Stainislava Hrozenska (Slovakia): 1-0, ret.
Girls’ Doubles: No. 1 Paola Palencia (Mexico) & Alicia Pillay (South Africa) def. unseeded Masa Vesenjak & Urska Vesenjak (Slovenia), 6-1, 6-4.
Boys’ Doubles: No. 1 David Sherwood (Great Britain) & Jaco Vander Westhuizen (South Africa) def. Victor Romero & Rodrigo Echagaray (Mexico), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Boys’ Singles Champion: No. 1 Damien Roberts (South Africa).
Girls’ Singles Champion: No. 1 Surina DeBeer (South Africa).
Boys’ Doubles Champions: Damien Roberts & Wesley Whitehouse (South Africa).
Girls’ Doubles: Catalina Castano (Columbia) & Ira Selyutin (Kazakhyzstan) def. Surina DeBeer & Monique Leseuer (South Africa).
Boys’ Singles: Nick Cromwell def. Geoff Abrams (Tampa, Fla.), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Girls’ Singles: Kristina Triska (Sweden) def. No. 3 Mirjana Lucic (Croatia), 6-4, 6-2.
Girls’ Doubles: Ana Elizabeth Jimenez & Paola Palencia (Mexico) def. Tracy Singian (Lake Forest, Fla.) & Brenda Vlasak (Westminster, Colo.), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.
Boys’ Doubles: Ryan Wolters (Fullerton, Calif.) & Kevin Kim (California) def. Doug Root (Mendham, N.J.) & Ramsey Smith (Hilton Head, S.C.), 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
Boys’ Singles: No. 7 Louis Vosloo (South Africa) def. No. 8 Marc Urbainczyk (Miami, Fla.), 6-4, 7-6(3).
Girls’ Singles: No. 1 Jessica Steck (South Africa) def. Holly Parkinson (Tampa, Fla.), 7-5, 6-3.
Girls’ Doubles: No. 1 Jessica Steck (South Africa) & Samantha Reeves (Monona, Wis.) def. No. 4 Julie Ditty (Ashland, Kent.) & Tammy Encina (Miami Beach, Fla.), 6-2, 7-6(2).
Boys’ Doubles: No. 4 Brandon Kramer (Reno, Nev.) & Misha Palecek (Atherton, Calif.) def. No. 1 Ricardo Rosas & Fernando Sierra (Mexico), 6-4, 6-4