"Hallowheel" Events to Attract World-Ranked Pickleball Pros, Wheelchair Athletes, and Competitors from Eight States

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The "Hallowheel" tennis and pickleball tournaments, Oct. 18-20, at BREC's Highland Park Tennis Center, will attract at least 250 players from eight states, along with four of the world's top-ranked pickleball professionals.

The weekend will include a unique "Up-Down" tennis draw where wheelchair and able-bodied players are paired in doubles competition. The Hallowheel Adapted / Wheelchair Tennis Carnival, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, will provide an opportunity for beginners, especially children, to be introduced to the sport of tennis.

Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser is scheduled to be the featured guest at Hallowheel's opening ceremonies, Friday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m.

Since 2015, the Hallowheel tournaments and related activities have raised nearly $62,000 to support the Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, held each March at the Paula G. Manship YMCA in Baton Rouge. The Cajun Classic attracts the world's top wheelchair tennis players, including Grand Slam winners from the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon. The Cajun Classic is one step below the Grand Slams and is one of only six similar tournaments in the world.

Following are the highlight events of the weekend:


The 5th Annual Hallowheel Charity Tennis Tournament and the "Up-Down" competition with wheelchair players will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, and will continue through Sunday afternoon at BREC's Highland Park Tennis Center. The tennis tournament will feature men's and women's on-level doubles. The Up-Down competition will include 15 wheelchair players from Baton Rouge, other parts of Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.


The 3rd Annual Hallowheel Charity Pickleball Tournament, Oct. 19-20

At least 145 players from eight states (LA, MS, TX, AL, FL, TN, AZ, and MI) will compete in the Hallowheel Charity Pickleball Tournament at the Highland Park Tennis Center, Oct. 19-20. Players who range in ages from 19 to 75 with skill levels of 3.0 to 5.5 will compete in men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles.

Top world-ranked professionals will teach pickleball clinics in Baton Rouge, Oct. 18

Four of the world's top-ranked professionals* will conduct pro clinics for 48 pickleball players on Friday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at BREC's Highland Park Tennis Center. The clinics are skill based and will last two hours each. The professionals and their world rankings are:

· Kyle Yates, Ft. Myers, FL, Singles #6, Doubles #2, Mixed #1

· Adam Stone, Houston, TX, Singles #12, Doubles #7, Mixed #11

· Irina Tereschenko, Tucson, AZ, Singles #2, Doubles #4, Mixed #5

· Andrea Remynse Koop, Grand Haven, MI – Rankings: Doubles #8, Mixed #12

*Source: Pickleball Global https://www.pickleball.global

Pro/Am Charity Pickleball Round Robin, Oct. 18

The pickleball professionals are donating their time to play in the Hallowheel Pro/Am Round Robin on Friday, Oct. 18, starting at 6 p.m. at BREC’s Highland Park Tennis Center. Amateurs will bid in a blind auction to play with the pros, and the top four amateur bidders will compete with a pro in the round robin event.


The Hallowheel Adapted / Wheelchair Tennis Carnival, Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to noon at BREC's Highland Park Tennis Center, introduces wheelchair tennis to beginners, especially children. The event is free and includes two hours of tennis instruction, games, and prizes.

More information: Hallowheel 2019 (pickleball, tennis, and carnival): https://brwta.org; Cajun Classic tournament website: https://brwta.org/cajun-classic-wheelchair-tennis-tournament-2020.

Contributed by Louisiana Press Association