Popular tennis events on the horizon

SCENIC VENUE: The 2nd Annual Querbes Cup will be held at Querbes Tennis Center on Saturday, April 30.

By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports

Get your doubles team ready for the fun at the Second Annual Querbes Cup to be held Saturday, April 30 at Querbes Tennis Center. Sign up for either 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 Combo for Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles.

At the player party on Friday, April 29, your team will be announced with prizes for best team name and beach outfits. Each team will consist of three doubles teams, some mixed, some men’s, and some ladies. Teams will be assembled for balanced play.

Entry fee of $60 per player covers food, drinks, play, and the Friday Player Party. Play will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact Michael Schaff at 318-673-7787 or michael@querbestenniscenter.net

City Championships set for Bossier

You still have plenty of time to get your entry in for the City Championships at Bossier Tennis Center but don’t wait too long. The tournament, voted the “2020 Adult Tournament of the Year” for the entire Southern Section and the state of Louisiana, will be held May 23-29.

While registration does not close until May 16, spots will probably be filling quickly. The tournament is limited to the first 275 players, which is the number of competitors who played last year.

Prize money will be awarded for first, second, and third place ion Men’s Open Singles and Doubles as well as Women’s Open Singles and Doubles. Matches will not begin before 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. All matches will be two-out-of-three sets with a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set.

Entries are limited to players that currently live in central to northern Louisiana (Alexandria and any city north of Alexandria). Anyone who has lived in the northwest Louisiana area for at least five consecutive years at any point is eligible to play.

Players can compete in up to three divisions as long as one of those is a Parent/Child division. Play will start on Monday, May 23 for Parent/Sibling and Grandparent/Grandchild divisions and Wednesday for Men’s Open Singles. All other divisions will not start before Thursday, May 26. Men’s Open Singles will be limited to 4.0+ players with first-match consolation only. Players with a rating of 3.5 or below can enter the coed open singles draw.

Doubles events include Combo 5.0 Men’s 18 & Over, Combo 6.0 Men’s 18 & Over, Combo 7.0 Men’s 18 & Over, Combo 8.0 Men’s 18 & Over, Men’s 55 & Over, Father/Son, Grandfather/Grandson, Men’s Open, Combo 5.0 Women’s 18 & Over, Combo 6.0 Women’s 18 & Over, Combo 7.0 Women’s 18 & Over, Combo 8.0 Women’s 18 & Over, Mother/Daughter, Women’s Open, Combo 5.0 Mixed 18 & Over, Combo 6.0 Mixed 18 & Over, Combo 7.0 Mixed 18 & Over, Combo 8.0 Mixed 18 & Over, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, and Mixed Open.

Entry fee is $50 for your first event, $20 for your second, and $20 for your third event before April 25. After April 25, entry fee will be $75 for your first event, $25 for your second, and $25 for your third event. Early bird entrants (before April 25) will receive a performance t-shirt as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, contact Todd Killen at 318-347-8515 or toddkillen00@gmail.com.

NWLCATA offering scholarships

The Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association is now offering two tennis scholarships and a High School Tennis Assistance Program.

The first is a $1,000 scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year that is renewable for the next three years. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA, remain a full-time student, play varsity or club tennis, and not otherwise receive a full academic college or athletic scholarship.

The second is a one-time $1,000 scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year if the student plays varsity or club tennis and does not otherwise receive a full academic college or athletic scholarship.

The NWLACTA is also offering financial assistance on a “as need basis” to high school tennis players. This can be a reimbursement of expenses already incurred during the current school year that the high school student is participating in tennis.

Recipients must meet certain criteria for each opportunity. For information and to download applications, go to http://www.playtennissb.com. Deadline is April 30.

Photo by CHRIS DUDLEY


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