For the first time since since the early 1980’s the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl USTA Southern Level 2 tournament is in Shreveport. Making it one of the highest-level junior tournaments in the south.
Grady Wilson – We just think it’s awesome for junior tennis. Our goal here at Pierremont Oaks and Bossier, the Northwest Louisiana CTA is to grow Tennis. Having about 200 kids from all nine southern states is a big deal.
The junior tennis classic dates back to some of the earliest days of the Independence Bowl and was hosted annually until being lost due to USTA scheduling changes. Now with youth tennis participation numbers rising, the tournament makes its return.
Grady Wilson – Two year ago the USTA brought back the Sugar Bowl. I thought it would be a good opportunity to get the Independence Bowl back here. I proposed it to the Southern Section and Louisiana Tennis Association and they approved it. The Independence Bowl have really gone overboard with making it an extra special experience for the kids. We just hope they spread the word back home and we have the potential to double numbers next year.
The tournament will conclude play on Monday, August 6th.