USTA-Nevada pros and jr tennis families,

We have received some questions about the USTA National office decision to bring a Regional Training Center to Las Vegas including how one's child gets to be chosen and who decides, which coaches are chosen and how, what is the RTC and what does it mean to USTA-Nevada members?

This update below is a list of commonly asked questions and answers meant to inform you of who, what , why, where and how the RTC relates to you and our Community. First it is important to know USTA-Nevada has no role in the Regional Training Center process, other then we wanted this to be in Las Vegas to benefit our community. I personally did advocate for why I felt Vegas was the best choice among the western states to get the RTC, but the decision is made at the national level. USTA-Nevada however has no decision power or role in any aspect of the RTC. The RTC is run by the national USTA player development staff which gets input from the Intermountain Section coaches commission.

Jon Jannotta, a 62 year old ex collegiate player from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA and his daughter, Gabriella Jannotta, a current player at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst competed in a national father/daughter tennis tournament June 4-6. The USTA National Father/Daughter, Senior, and Super Senior Father/Daughter Hard Court Championship was held at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, CA.
The Jannottas, ranked nineteenth in the country, defeated Amy and John Gaisser, the number three ranked team in the country, 6-3, 6-0 in the round. In the second round, Gabriella and Jon faced Julie and Ronald Baird, a team who upset the number three seed in the tournament. The Jannottas won 6-2, ln the semi finals, Jon and Gabriella went up against the number one seeded team and the eventual champions, Al and Marianne Baker fom Glenežg, MD. It was a tough match, and the Jannottas lost at 6-1, 6-2. The next day, the Jannotta team competed for third place against the founh seeds, Ralph and Alissa Finerman and came out on top with a 7-5, 6-1 victory. They received a bronze ball trophy. They achieved their best results this year after five years of competing in this tournament.

WEEHAWKEN, NJ -May 10, 2010- Tennis legend Andre Agassi and Longines, the official timekeeper and partner of Roland Garros and the French Open, today announced the 2010 recipients of the Longines Elegance Scholarship Fund, awarded to graduates from The Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, an affiliate of The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Longines created the Elegance Scholarship Fund to promote higher education for students enrolled at Agassi Prep, a public charter school for grades kindergarten to twelfth grade dedicated to transform public education for underserved youth across the country.

Women’s team is 35th in US 15-0 at home!
UNLV Men hosted a Campus Kids day sponsored by USTA
Men’s team ranked 60th with 10-8 record

By Mary Maragos

The Intermountain Section of the USTA held the Super Senior Sectional Championships at the Darling Tennis Center, March 19-21, 2010. Four teams from the USTA-Nevada represented the Nevada District. The teams were: Women's 7.0- CSGV, Captain Carol Rapp, Women's 8.0- Spanish Trail, Captain, Jackie Rinaldi, Men's 7.0- McDonald Ranch, Captain, Jim Sparrow and Men's 8.0- Spanish Trail, Captains, Dennis Stein and Fred Aguilar .
The Men's 8.0 team from Spanish Trail went undefeated throughout the Championship and will advance on to the USTA Super Senior National Championships to be held in Surprise, AZ, April 23-25, 2010.
"Dan Knight, Hans and Danny have always created a great environment for teams and captains and Spanish Trail," said Ryan Wolfington USTA-Nevada's Executive Director. "Dennis and Fred have been incredible long standing captains and they deserve this success."



USTA-Nevada Jr. Awards banquet and Nate Schulman Tennis ball teamed up the Indian Open jr tournament party to put together an end of year bash to celebrate the graduating tennis class, this years excellence award winners and special category awards for USTA-Nevada juniors.

Sponsored annually by's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation and held at the home of Winnie and Bob Schulman, the party is a celebration of the parents, pros, programs and players that help our youth maximize their potential. Dr Jaldeep Daulat of Las Vegas Skin and Cancer Clinics and his brother Girish Daulat of Community Family Doctors once again were supporting sponsors as was Tennis Warehouse. The children and coaches enjoy a sit down dinner in a formal environment, entertainment and great guest speakers such as past speakers Commissioners Lawrence Weekly, Larry Brown, Glen Trowbridge and Film Director Alejandro Monteverde.

By Sarah Lucas

Las Vegas Junior tennis players took a swing in this year’s Easter Bowl Spring Championships, as well as the Easter Bowl ITF both in Rancho Mirage, California. Las Vegas’ own Kimberly Yee (Easter Bowl Finalist), and Evan Song (Easter Bowl ITF’s Championships semi’s-finalist) both dominated in this years’ Easter Bowl USTA National Spring Championship, and ITF Championship draws.
Entering the Easter Bowl Spring Championships in Rancho Mirage, California as the fourth seed, Kimberly Yee reached the finals by winning a total of 6 matches playing in the Girls 14’s. Kimberly, lost only to Gabrielle F. Andrews in the finals of the tournament with a tight score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Kimberly defeated a number of Girls 14’s competitors in the top 25.

Photo By Bryan Haraway
By Ryan Wolfington

One of the biggest success stories in the history of Vegas Tennis is the Darling Tennis Center. Soon after an opportunity almost as significant followed, the legendary Tennis Channel Open. Then when you thought it could not get any better, the USTA announced this month that the Amanda and Stacy Darling Tennis Center has been named a USTA Certified Regional Training Center.
All of these major success stories have one thing in common: Sandy Foley. Sandy has been instrumental in making these dreams come true. If not for her efforts, it is safe to say none of these major Las Vegas Tennis breakthroughs would have ever occurred.

Photo By Bryan Haraway
By Ryan Wolfington
The USTA-Nevada District received very good news from the United States Tennis Association and to make it even better Las Vegas native and eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi was there to take part in the press conference.

Thanks to the enormous efforts put forward by USTA-Intermountain, The City of Las Vegas, our Mayor and City Council, Lonny Zimmerman and most of all Sandy Foley with the Amanda and Stacy Darling Tennis Center, the USTA announced that Darling has been named a USTA Certified Regional Training Center. The move is part of the USTA's continuing effort to develop future American tennis champions to follow in the footsteps of players like our own home town hero and tennis legend Andre Agassi.

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