Allstate Sugar Bowl to Sponsor National Tennis Classic
NEW ORLEANS (November 8, 2019) – The fourth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Tennis Classic hosted by New Orleans City Park Tennis Center will take place Saturday, November 9th through Monday, November 11th. The tournament will be played at four locations (City Park Tennis Center, UNO Tennis Center, Audubon Tennis Center and Xavier Tennis Center), matches will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at all locations (9 a.m. at Audubon). The finals will take place at City Park Tennis Center on Monday, November 11th starting at 9:30 a.m. The tournament is free and open to the public at all locations.
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 are entered in the 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.
A top local product to watch at the event will be Gavriella Smith, last year’s 16-year old girls champion who moves up to the 18-year old division this year. A junior at Lusher High School, Smith will also compete in the 16-year old doubles competition. She is a four-time Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA state champion.
Another return defending champion is Dallas’ Alex Cairo who moves up to the 16-year old boys’ division after winning the 14-year old title last year.
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.