By Ryan Wolfington

I still remember the image of a young 10 year old girl just getting started in tennis under the guidance of a 70 plus year old man pacing behind her as she hit hundreds of balls on the Tennis Tutor ball machine. Allen played as a top junior at USC and went on to teach some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. He then spent years in Corporate America but after he retired returned to tennis, his passion.

He was a big fan of Mike Agassi and his ball machine drills, ideas and strategies. Any child that needed help, Allen would help, no charge. This was what led to a 70 plus Allen Tong to train McKay Novak, who had started weeks before, for hours on end. Soon after, McKay went on to be one of the best players in town and still is. In six months Allen's kind heart and ball machine drills took McKay into the #1 spot in the 10's which she eventually duplicated in the 12's. McKay is now a top athlete in the country, a straight A student at Meadows and has had her life altered dramatically by Allen's willingness.


#1 Players in Southern Nevada: As of 8/6/2010


Junior Singles

Boys 10s:                     Michael Safbom

Girls 10s:                      Sedona Gallagher


Boys 12s:                     Alexander Reyna

Girls 12s:                      Lilit Vardanyan


Boys 14s:                     Trevor Johnson

Girls 14s:                      Brooke Swallow


Boys 16s:                    Travis Beck

Girls 16s:                      Katya Kulikova


Boys 18s:                     Fernando Sunago

Girls 18s:                      Sarah Lucas

Former Las Vegas Junior Sheryl Bon (Bakalov) was one of only ten players in the country to be awarded the 2010 Arthur Ashe Junior Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Award winners will be treated to a weekend in New York during the US Open and will be honored at a luncheon. Bon, who is entering her senior year at Azusa Pacific University, is a member of APU's varsity tennis team and an NAIA All-American. For further information about this prestigious award, please click on the following link: article link

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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

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