Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis
The third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic was held Saturday to Monday, November 10-12, 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.
This year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic is a national-level sanctioned tournament. Players from throughout the United States were able to apply to compete in this year’s tournament; however, only the top 32 nationally ranked applicants in each event qualified to compete.Thirty-four states and Puerto Rico were represented in the event.
The top local performer was Gavriella Smith, a New Orleans product who captured the girls’ 16-year old championship with a three-set victory over Violeta Martinez from Port St. Lucie, Fla., 7-6, 2-6, 6-3. Smith, who is a sophomore at Lusher High School, has won the last three Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Division III Singles State Championships – her first came when she was only a seventh-grader.
Also showing the national scope of the tournament were the hometowns of the other champions – Seattle; Dallas; Key Biscayne, Fla.; Calhoun, Ga.; Saratoga, Calif.; and Charlestown, Ind.; as well as another in-state product – Benjamin Koch from Abbeville, who captured the boys’ 18 championship with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Kenner Taylor from Houston.
My-Anh Holmes, another New Orleans product, teamed up with Maren Urata (La Canada, Calif.) to earn the girl’s 12-year old title in doubles.
The tournament will feature 16 different events for boys and girls ages 12-18. The events are: B12 Singles / Doubles, B14 Singles / Doubles, B16 Singles / Doubles, B18 Singles / Doubles, G12 Singles / Doubles, G14 Singles / Doubles, G16 Singles / Doubles, G18 Singles / Doubles.
The first two years of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic’s return it was a USTA Southern Tournament, which was only open to nine states that are in the Southern Region. In its first year as a national tournament, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic had nearly 800 applicants for the 300 available positions.
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.
- 2019: Brother Martin and Mt. Carmel Repeat as Region IV Tennis Champs
- 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 Tennis Titles
- 2010: Jesuit and Mount Carmel Win Class 5A Region IV Tennis Titles
- 2009: Jesuit and Mount Carmel Collect LHSAA Class 5A Region IV Tennis Titles
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