A Birthday Girl, A Rare Champion at Battery Park Junior Open
By Shima Grover
Bailey Andress celebrated her 14th birthday with a sleepover party on Sunday, October 13th. Bailey also was earlier crowned the champion of the L4 Girls 14 division of the October Battery Park Junior Open that afternoon and became the only division champion of the weekend.
Less than thirty of the one-hundred-fifteen scheduled matches of the October Battery Park Junior Open were played on Saturday and Sunday as a misty drizzle with occasional downpours blanketed the city. Indoor courts were in short supply, but players with access to indoor courts did their best to reserve indoor courts for their matches. Eddie and Stacey Parker of Raintree Swim and Racquet Club and Mark Bernstine of Hermitage Country Club were generous above and beyond the call of duty and made some courts available to the tournament.
The tournament was finished on a high note on Monday afternoon under sunny skies at Battery Park. Four ten and under boys competed in the L5 B10 division round robin. They inaugurated tournament play on the two newly painted, blended line courts at Battery Park.
L4 Girls 14s
Champion: Bailey Andress
Runner up: Dharani Atluri
L5 Boys 10s
Champion: Ryan Bumbaloo
Runner up: Nishaanth Mulpuru