Broncos Host Barb Chandler Classic

Oct. 26, 2017


Tournament: Barb Chandler Classic
Location: Boise, Idaho
Venue: Boas Indoor Tennis Center
When: Oct. 27-29
Time: All Day, starts at 10 a.m. daily
Admission: Free


  • Boise State is hosting the first annual Barb Chandler Classic this weekend at the Boas Indoor Tennis Center at 1507 S. Oakland Avenue. 

  • This will closeout the fall schedule for the Broncos who will have five members of the squad competing this week.

  • The tournament will run Friday through Sunday and feature two 16-person flights for singles and one-16 team flight for doubles.


  • This tournament will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams representing five schools from the intermountain area. Joining the Broncos will be Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana and Utah State. 


  • Boise State will be represented by three sophomores Wiktoria Nosek, Jovana Kuljanin and Lilian Poling, as well as two freshmen in Wilhelmina Palmer and Vanessa Timm

  • Singles: In singles play Wiktoria Nosek enters the tournament with a team-best 3-1 singles record, followed by Poling at 2-4 and Palmer at 1-2.

  • Doubles: Freshman Vanessa Timm owns the top doubles record among the Broncos this fall at 4-4. Nosek and Poling at right behind Timm with 3-4 marks. The top doubles team for Boise State this fall has been the tandem of Nosek and Timm who are 3-1 together and won the Idaho State Invitational consolation title (Sept. 22-24).


This tournament is named after Boise legend Barbara Chandler who is considered the patron Saint of Tennis in the valley.

The following is courtesy of the USTA Intermountain, Idaho website (

Barbara's love affair with tennis began while she was growing up in San Francisco. In 1941 she won her first major national titles in both singles and doubles at the National Junior Hard Court Championships. She achieved a national ranking of No. 3 in the 18's singles and No. 2 in the 18's doubles. In 1946 Barbara won the National Women's Clay Court Championship and was ranked No. 6 in the nation for women's singles and No. 3 in doubles with Shirley Fry out of Northern California. Three times she reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open Championship. She was an Intermountain singles, doubles, and mixed doubles winner, and an Idaho State Champion every year she played (seven Intermountain singles titles from 1955-1962).

Her accomplishments both on and off the tennis court do not end there. When Barbara and her husband Bill came to Idaho in 1952, she dedicated herself to growing the sport of tennis. Barbara set about making contacts with school administrators and city officials to promote the construction of tennis courts on school grounds and in public parks. She is largely responsible for the construction of over 30 public tennis court facilities now existing in Boise. Barbara not only managed getting the courts built but then provided lessons and programs on them to all, young and old. Barbara's legacy is the joy she brings to all generations of tennis players. A tournament in her honor (the Barbara Chandler Junior Open) is played every summer at the Boise Racquet & Swim Club. The Intermountain-Idaho section recognizes outstanding junior players who show not only promise in tennis, but are active in their community with the Barbara Chandler Junior Sportsmanship Award.

Another article . . .  "BARBARA CHANDLER, 92, IS THE 'BOISE PATRON SAINT OF TENNIS'" by: BLAIR HENLEY | December 06, 2016 on 

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