Allstate Sugar Bowl Welcomes 256 of the Nation’s Top Junior Tennis Players
NEW ORLEANS (November 12, 2018) – The third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic hosted by New Orleans City Park Tennis Center saw 256 of the top junior tennis players in the country battle for championships in 16 different events this weekend. Finals were played at the City Park Tennis Center and the indoor tennis courts at The Health Club by Hilton following the arrival of rain.
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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 resulting in representation from 34 states and Puerto Rico.
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.
“I was really happy winning this tournament for New Orleans, given that I train at City Park and grew up there,” Smith told the New Orleans Advocate. “Coming back a year later [after finishing second in last year’s tournament] and winning an even bigger tournament, a national, I was proud and grateful.”
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.
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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 available positions.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic Champions
Benjamin Koch (Abbeville, La.) def. Kenner Taylor (Houston), 6-1, 7-5
Thomas Paulsell (Seattle, Wash.) def. Maks Silagy (Bradenton, Fla.), 7-5, 6-2
Alex Cairo (Dallas) def. Donovan Spigner (New York City), 6-1, 6-3
Roy Horovitz (Key Biscayne, Fla.) def. Nicholas Reeves (Boca Raton, Fla.), 7-6, 0-6, 7-5
Carly Briggs (Calhoun, Ga.) def. Hadley Doyle (Colleyville, Texas), 6-4, 6-0
Gavriella Smith (New Orleans) def. Violeta Martinez (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
Ria Bhakta (Saratoga, Calif.) def. Kennedy Gibbs (Humble, Texas), 6-3, 6-2
Riley Trinkle (Charlestown, Ind.) def. Adriana Sciara (Mountain Brook, Ala.), 6-4, 6-1
Girls: Chloe Brown (Duluth, Ga.)
Boys: Georgi Mavrodiev (Norcross, Ga.)
Ryan Fung (Miami)/Georgi Mavrodiev (Norcross, Ga.) def. Welsh Hotard (New Orleans)/Benjamin Koch (Abbeville, La.), 8-6
Thomas Paulsell (Seattle)/Jake Sweeney (Fayetteville, Ark.) def. Alexander Gujarathi (Novato, Calif.)/Jake Vassel (Danville, Calif.), 9-7
Ethan Carr (Birmingham, Ala.)/Charlie Piegza (Hilton Head, S.C.) def. Astro Pilipovich (New York)/Donovan Spigner (New York), 8-5
Alexander Di Staulo (Weston, Fla.)/Roy Horovitz (Key Biscayne, Fla) def. William Luke (Athens, Ga.)/Woodson McMillin (Knoxville, Tenn.), 9-8
Carly Briggs (Calhoun, Ga.)/Chloe Brown (Duluth, Ga.) def. Hadley Doyle (Colleyville, Texas)/Melissa LaMette (Cypress, Texas), 9-8
DJ Bennett (Belleview, Fla.)/Violeta Martinez (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) def. Anisha Apte (Austin, Texas)/Isabella Flodin (Dallas), 8-4
Santianna Chrysopoulo (San Antonio)/Ylan Duong (Allen, Texas) def. Ahmani Guichard (Seminole, Fla.)/Sophia Pacheco (Weston, Fla.), 8-4
My-Anh Holmes (New Orleans)/Maren Urata (La Canada, Calif.) def. Kaitlin Quevedo/Adriana Sciara (Mountain Brook, Ala.), 8-5
States Represented: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
The mission of the Allstate Sugar Bowl is to sponsor and promote amateur sporting events which will foster revenue and spark economic growth in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Through its year-round slate of events, the organization has generated over $2.5 billion of economic impact for the city and the state in the last decade alone.