Kickoff Time

USTA Junior Tennis Classic Returns for Year Two

After a successful first year in 2018, the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Junior Tennis Classic is back for a second-consecutive year in 2019. The tournament hits the courts throughout Shreveport August 2-5.

The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl and Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club renewed the tournament’s tradition last year, bringing the tournament back for the first time since the early 1980’s. The main host of the tournament is once again Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club, while matches will also be held at Southern Hills Tennis Center. 

“We, here at Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club, are thrilled to be partnering with the Walk-Ons Independence Bowl to bring this outstanding junior tennis tournament back to Northwest Louisiana in 2019,” said Grady Wilson, the General Manager of Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club and Director of Tennis at Pierremont Oaks and East Ridge Country Club. “Last year was an incredible year, and we are anticipating the event to be even bigger and better this year, with as many as 512 players coming in from all over the South!”

The Junior Tennis Classic is a USTA Southern Level 2 tournament, which makes it one the of the highest-level junior tournaments in the south. The USTA Southern Section is comprised of the following nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. All nine states were represented in the first year of the tournament’s revival.

The tournament consists of youth tennis players that compete in the USTA Southern Section. Classified as Southern Level 2, the tournament can host up to 512 entrants, taking the top 64 entrants in each age division based on their rankings in the USTA Southern standings. The age divisions are Boys’ and Girls’ 12’s, 14’s 16’s and 18’s.

Registration for the 2019 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Junior Tennis Classic is open now, and applicants can register online at https://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=226070#&&s=0. 

The groups will play a singles and doubles format, with the singles being a 64 draw with double elimination, and the doubles will be a single-elimination 32 draw.

Both Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club and Southern Hills Tennis Center were used for last year’s tournament, and as the field grows, the facilities in the Shreveport-Bossier City area will increase. Five age divisions will play on hard courts, while three divisions will play on Har-Tru clay courts.

Admission to all match sites will be free to the public for the entirety of the tournament. For continued updates as the Junior Tennis Classic approaches, be sure to stay tuned to WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com and the bowl’s official social media accounts.

Once again, Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry will be providing the trophies for the winners of each division. For more information on the tournament, visit WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com or TennisLink.USTA.com.

UP NEXT – KICKOFF DINNER

The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Kickoff event returns for the 10th consecutive year, as the Kickoff Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. Continuing the tradition of having some of football’s biggest names speak at the event, former North Webster and LSU star, and fifth-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Devin White, will be the Kickoff Dinner’s featured speaker. The program will feature a Q&A between White and “Voice of the Tigers” Chris Blair. 

Individual tickets for the Kickoff Dinner are $50 apiece, while a table for eight is $400. Sponsorship of the event featuring a VIP Meet & Greet is available. The event will take place in the Captain Shreve Ballroom at the Shreveport Convention Center. Doors open and cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m. The dinner buffets will open at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com or call the bowl office at 318.221.0712 or toll free at 888.414.BOWL.

ABOUT THE WALK-ON’S INDEPENDENCE BOWL:

The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, the 11th-oldest bowl game, will play its 44th-edition on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. CT at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Duke Blue Devils won their first Independence Bowl in 2018, defeating the Temple Owls 56-27. The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl enjoys primary conference agreements with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and Southeastern Conference (SEC), as well as backup agreements with the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and Conference USA (C-USA). The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl and Independence Bowl Foundation are prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. For more information, visit WalkOnsIndependenceBowl.com or follow the bowl on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

Independence Bowl Foundation

P.O Box 1723, Shreveport LA 71166  |  401 Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71101  |  318.221.0712