Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Completes Tennis Competition

  • Ronald Oswalt

SHREVEPORT, La. – The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Junior Tennis Classic completed competition with Monday’s Boys 14’s and 18’s Singles finals, and 2019 marked another successful year for the tournament.

The USTA Southern Level 2 tournament, which opened competition on Friday at Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club, received 124 entries from players from all nine states in the USTA Southern regions. The tournament, which returned in 2018 for the first time since the early 1980’s, had an extremely competitive draw according to Tournament Director and Pierremont Oaks General Manager and Director of Tennis Grady Wilson.

“The entry numbers were slightly down this year because of a change in the school schedule, but the level of skill and competition was much higher than last year,” said Wilson. “The wealth of very talented players in the tournament made for a great tournament this weekend.”

The Junior Tennis Classic had 13 entrants from the Shreveport-Bossier City area, with a few local competitors taking home hardware. Morgan Young of Bossier City won the Girls 14’s Doubles Championship; Natalie Sin of Shreveport took home third place in the Girls 12’s Doubles competition; and Shreveport’s Knox Stinson picked up third place in the Boys 12’s Doubles and received the Boys Sportsmanship Award for the tournament.

For full results of the 2019 Junior Tennis Classic, visit https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?t=226070.

For photos from this year’s tournament, email Arnie Bookheim Photography at http://arniebook@aol.com.


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. CST 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

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