Tennis Pros from across the country flew to Las Vegas to be part of the 7th Annual ?Ultimate Ringer? Doubles Event benefiting the American Cancer Society. The April 14th event featured Las Vegas legends Sarg Sargsian (ATP #38), Tim Blenkiron (NCAA Champion), Brian Battistone (ATP #88) and Danny Maccanello (UNLV Star) Nikol Dimitrova (UNLV), Blakeley Griffith (Tennessee), Maggie Yahner (Virginia) along with many big names and players from out-of-state.

The Pros entertained the Las Vegas tennis community at a Saturday evening doubles exhibition and BBQ held at Spanish Trail. The Pros paired with local tennis lovers in a Pro-Am that raised funds to support the American Cancer Society’s cancer research efforts. Special thanks to Rob Kinas the organizer, Spanish Trail and it’s Director Dan Knight.

By Ryan Wolfington

Las Vegas has been a hot bed for tennis going back to the Alan King Tennis Classic , the Agassi years and now with our booming tennis community that includes countless high end country clubs and public facilities. Most Las Vegas tennis professionals come from far and away, others states, most often other countries. Jason Harman however is the exception. Jason, who was raised in Las Vegas, started tennis very late at the age of sixteen. When trying to play high school tennis for Cimarron Memorial he was cut. Much like the block buster film RUDY, Jason had a desire and willingness to prove them wrong. Harman teamed up with his father, who knew little about the sport, to teach himself using his heart, hustle and a ball machine. His relentless work ethic landed him the #1 singles spot on the team and eventually a spot playing college tennis a few years later. Playing for College of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA Jason won the Jr. College doubles Rolex Tournament for Southern California and was ranked 4th in the country for Jr. College doubles in 1999. Soon after Harman came home to play for the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) under the direction of coach Larry Easley. This was on a team that included other notable locals Robbe Parlade and Nenad Zivkovic.

Richman Mahlangu was born into a black township near Durban, South Africa during an era of apartheid. During this time blacks were severely discriminated against for the color of their skin and treated as second-class citizens to put it mildly. As a young boy Richman was doing the best he could to help his mother and raise a family of five after the loss of his father at age five. One day, as if by design, Richman discovered a broken tennis racket and began practicing the game of tennis with a wall and a couple of old balls, a game that would forever impact his life.

Defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured their third Monte Carlo trophy on Sunday, defeating second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-2, 6-3. The victory marked their 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 team title.

The American twins won 79 per cent of their first serve points and capitalized on three of their five break point opportunities to secure the win in just 57 minutes.
"It feels nice to win again in Monte Carlo, especially against two legends, Danny and Max," said Bob Bryan. "They've been playing great the last 15 months and hopefully we'll all get to play in many more big matches."
The top-ranked Bryans did not drop a set en route to their second triumph of the year, having won their season-opening tournament at Sydney. They improved to a 77-42 final record. .

"It's been a great couple weeks in Monaco with the Davis Cup and now the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 event," Mike Bryan said. "It's always a pleasure to see Prince Albert II who we have enjoyed getting to know through the years and the beautiful scenery. We couldn't ask for a better place to win our 20th Masters 1000 title." Excerpted from ATP World Tour.

Team Darling
By Zach Brandt

With every high school tennis season comes great expectations for the entire valley. The 2011 season for the Palo Verde Panther tennis team was no exception. The team was coming off back to back Nevada State Championships and senior Tanner Berkabile and junior Ozzy Abraham were preparing to defend their State Doubles Title. The Panthers added some key freshman players in Kota Cook, Teijiro Nishimura, Rhett Bossung and Conor Safbom. Returning starters Pascal Nilsson and Zack Surmacz added some solid experience and depth to the young panther lineup. The Palo Verde Panthers only returned 4 starters from the previous season.

The USTA League is improving its structure to enhance your playing experience starting January 1, 2013. Under the new structure, the USTA League will have two divisions - ADULT and MIXED DOUBLES.

Annual Meeting Date January 18th, 2012 @ 6:00pm at

USTA-Nevada Offices: 1333 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite 130, Las Vegas, NV 89128

USTA-Nevada invites all USTA members to attend the Annual Meeting January 18th, 2012 at the USTA-Nevada office at 6pm. Please RSVP to Julia at if you plan to attend. If the response is too large for the USTA-Nevada Offices, a new venue will be selected so please check back the week of January 3, 2012, to confirm the location. The Annual Meeting will include an update on the organization's programs, progress, and vision. It will also include voting in the new Board members. All USTA members can vote using the ballot and mailing it in by the deadline below. The ballot will be posted on the web site around January 5, 2012.

Honoring top student athletes, college scholarship graduates and award winners

Guests of honor Commissioner Lawrence Weekly & Mike Agassi

Las Vegas, Nevada - April 29, 2011 - The USTA-Nevada Junior Awards Banquet and Nate Schulman Tennis Ball is a formal sit down dinner held each year to celebrate the accomplishments of the student athletes in the tennis community. USTA-Nevada board of Directors and awards committee will recognize this years graduating class which includes many that will go onto play college tennis on scholarship, as well as the special category winners for the USTA and for's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation, the event sponsor. Also being honored are those players who reached a top 5 year end state ranking.

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa
Tivoli Village
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