As tribute to legendary singer Aretha Franklin's passing today, click photo below and read article that Bill Simons of Inside Tennis had with the incomparable star.


Legendary coach Jan Van Tuyl passed away on July 17th at the age of 83. Van Tuyl coached tennis at Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas for the past 12 years, but he first began his teaching and coaching career in 1960. 58 years and countless student athletes later, he was still going strong, showing up at the Desert Pines High School Tennis Courts at 6 a.m. to run summer tennis practices, transporting and arranging rides for his players to get to and from tennis matches, and taking care of all the logistics that go with the job of being a tennis coach. But Coach Van Tuyl was more than a coach to his players. He was a mentor, a role model, and often filled the role of a surrogate parent or grandparent. Because of his willingness to so completely invest in his players both on and off the court, he had a massive impact on their lives. A recent example of his outsized influence can be seen with the four Desert Pines Seniors pictured below, who were all awarded scholarships to Kentucky Wesleyan College, where they will play tennis this fall.

Coach Van Tuyl’s recent coaching accomplishments include being named High School Coach of the Year by USTA Nevada in 2011, winning Recreational Coach of the Year from that same organization in 2014, and being honored by USTA National in 2016 as one of ten high school coaches across the country who ran an exceptional ?no-cut? high school tennis program.

Coach Van Tuyl will be deeply missed by all the children he has coached and students he has taught. He is survived by his wife Linda of 63 years, his three children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and the thousands of students and players whose lives he profoundly changed both on the court and in the classroom.

Vincent Whatley; Kevin Giron; Jose Ruiz and Adan Cano


We’re here to welcome a new generation of players and help them usher in the next era of tennis. By working with coaches, schools and parents, and offering them the full support of the USTA, we are ready to break new ground on and off the court.

To the Net Generation, we’re excited to meet you. USTA’s new youth brand, Net Generation, is for kids ages 5-18 and is designed to suit players based on their skill level and developmental readiness. This approach provides coaches the flexibility to modify lessons to better meet the needs of the player and facilitate development, making learning more fun.

We believe in creating a positive and welcoming environment for all youth players. By focusing on play, building character and championing individual challenges, we empower kids to grow and develop at their own pace. It’s all about providing players the opportunity to enjoy tennis on their own terms. Join the Net Generation family and take advantage of the benefits. If you are a provider, get access to our suite of teaching and promotional tools, starter kits with curriculum and Net Generation gear, and event opportunities all for FREE. If you are a parent or player, get access to coaches, programs, Net Generation events, gear and more. Visit Net for information about playing, coaching and more!

Congratulations to all Intermountain teams who have won their respective divisions of the 2018 USTA Mixed 18 &?Over League Sectional Championships held in Boise, Idaho, July 13-15, 2018. All teams now qualify to advance to their National Championships in Mobile, Alabama, Nov. 9-11, 2018. For other National Championship dates and locations, visit

6.0, NEVADA (CANYON GATE #2): Team Captain: Tricia Miller; Chuck Crème, Michael Gilmore, Diana Valencia, Mark Brandon, Alva Brandon, Jennifer Conway-Silvestri, Valerie Valow-Orris, Mari Valvo, Jim Jobin, Matthew Coleman, Mariya Fedorchenko, Gary Thompson

7.0, NEVADA (CANYON GATE): Team Captains: Dan Hale and Alex Farley Messer; Misty Sarachman, Mike Little, Jason Thompson, Sarah Hutton, Dino Mendicino, Kevin McPartlin, Rebecca Little, Nancy Karn, Kathryn Garlan, Luanne Balelo, Jason MacDonald, Stephanie Chen, Zack Messer, Vanessa Vanegas


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