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Independence Bowl junior tennis tournament returns for first time since 2019

by Russell Hedges
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By Erik Evenson, Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Director of Communications

For the first time since 2019, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Junior Tennis Classic will return to the Shreveport-Bossier area. Tournament play will hit the courts Saturday, April 6 through Monday, April 8.

The Junior Tennis Classic is a USTA Southern Level 5 Open tournament featuring singles and doubles format for boys and girls 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s.

Matches will be played primarily at Pierrement Oaks Tennis Club in Shreveport, with matches also possible at North Bossier Tennis Center and Cockrell Tennis Center in Shreveport.

Registration for the Junior Tennis Classic is open now, and applicants can register online at playtennis.usta.com/Competitions/pierremont-oaks-tennis-club/Tournaments/Overview/a7fdae46-b370-4eb2-874f-e4256d01cab9 or RadianceTechnologiesIndependenceBowl.com/community-events.

The USTA Southern Section comprises the following nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. During the 2018 and 2019 Junior Tennis Classics, players and their families flocked to Shreveport-Bossier from all nine states. 

The singles draw will feature up to 16 entries for each age group, and doubles will have up to eight teams in each. Singles will be a “modified feed-in consolation” format, while doubles will be single elimination.

Boys and girls 12s and 18s will be played on hard courts, while Boys and Girls 14s and 16s will be played on clay. Practice courts for tournament participants will be available at tennis centers in the Shreveport-Bossier area, with the availability being announced at a date closer to the tournament. 

Admission to all match sites will be free and open to the public for the entirety of the tournament.

The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl and Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club renewed the Junior Tennis Classic in 2018, bringing the tournament back for the first time since the early 1980s. The tournament is returning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

For more information, questions, or messages about the tournament, contact Tournament Director Hassan Abbas at [email protected].

Tournament participants and their families can plan their trip to Shreveport-Bossier for the Junior Tennis Classic at www.FindYourLouisiana.com

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