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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.




   
By Ryan Wolfington
© Getty ImagesKim Clijsters celebrates her second Sony Ericsson Open title.
When you go to Miami you get the best tennis players in the world, the best weather in the United States this time of year and a large dose of celebrity, crossing the lines between Hollywood and sport.

This stage could not have been more dramatic with Belgium's former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters needing just 58 minutes to dismiss an error-prone Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1 to win her second Sony Ericsson Open title in Miami Saturday.

Backing up from her third-set tie-break win over countrywoman Justine Henin on Thursday night, Clijsters was in sparkling form, dictating play with her crisp ground strokes. Williams, saying that she was "my own worst enemy today," sprayed 30 unforced errors and threw in double faults at crucial stages to drop serve.


   
By Ryan Wolfington
© Sony Ericsson OpenChampions For Chile raised $125,000 for Chilean earrthquake relief efforts.

Fernando Gonzalez, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and Gustavo Kuerten came together on the purple courts of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami for a fun-filled night of tennis, but with a serious focus. As the doubles match concluded, the 'Champions for Chile' event had raised funds in excess of $125,000 for disaster relief in Chile, with donations still being accepted.

On February 27 a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck the Maule Region of Chile with the epicenter roughly 200 miles southwest of Santiago. The devastation was enormous causing an estimated $30 billion in damage, killing more than 400 and leaving about 800,000 homeless.


   
Tom Ayala, Frank Vandekerckhove, and Marty Anderson
By Ryan Wolfington

After playing through unpredictable weather conditions, the competitors at the Las Vegas Open Wheelchair Tournament completed play on Sunday.

This year’s 34 players represented 5 states (NV, AZ, CA, OR, UT) and competed in four different categories. Although women have their own division, this year all elected to play in the men’s divisions.

"USTA-Nevada is proud to sponsor this event and we applaud Frank for all his efforts to keep this tradition alive," said Tim Blenkiron President of USTA-Nevada.



   
LAS VEGAS - The 59th-ranked UNLV women's tennis team won its 10th consecutive match, 5-2 over former Big West Conference rival UC Irvine at the Fertitta Tennis Complex on Friday.

The Lady Rebels improved to 13-2 overall while the Anteaters fell to 7-7 this spring. The victory also marked on the second time in history that the UNLV women won six consecutive matches vs. ranked opponents. The 1997 squad won nine straight against ranked teams.

The morning began with another dominant performance in doubles by the hosts, who swept the three matches to earn a 1-0 lead. Kristina Nedeltcheva won her school-record 91st doubles match as she and partner Jana Albers doubled up their opponents 8-4 at the top of the lineup. Alisa Razina and Anna Maskaljun won 8-2 at No. 2 and Nives Pavlovic and Adrienn Hidvegi won 8-6 on court three.

In singles play, 31st-ranked Nedeltcheva had a short day when her opponent, April Bisharat, retired after three games were played in the first set to improve the Lady Rebel senior's record to 22-5 this season.



   
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By Ryan Wolfington

Oracle Sets Fundraising Goal at $1 Million;
Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin and Lindsay Davenport Join Event


Las Vegas residents and tennis legends Andre Agassi and Stephanie Graf will do a rare appearance at this years BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The BNP Paribas Open "Hit For Haiti" exhibition will take place on the evening of Friday, March 12, and is presented by Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL). The cause will also add a second match to the evening’s event that will feature four legendary female players, according to Steve Simon, the tournament director.

Oracle will lead a comprehensive fundraising effort which will include on-site, text messaging and private donations targeted to reach $1 Million. Funds will benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development fund, which was established to help those impacted by the recent earthquakes in Haiti.

"Oracle is proud to participate in fundraising efforts to benefit the relief efforts in Haiti," said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. "It is impressive to see this remarkable line up of athletes work together to raise much-needed funds for Haiti. Our hope is to hold an event that supports relief efforts and continues to raise the visibility for how Haiti needs the world's help."

The event will be broadcast live in numerous countries around the world, and domestically on the Tennis Channel, beginning at 7:30 PM PST. In addition, live web streaming will be available on bnpparibasopen.org, TennisTV.com, atpworldtour.com,
sonyericssonwtatour.com, usta.com, tennis.com, espn360.com, and others. As a show of support, the broadcasters, satellite uplink providers and production teams of the event are picking up all of the production costs to ensure that the maximum amount of money can be generated for the fundraising effort.

The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the annual Salute to Heroes ceremony, where the tournament will recognize veterans, military personnel, police, firemen and women, and Red Cross volunteers on Stadium Court for their efforts in the community and around the world. The ceremony and tennis exhibition will be followed by one main draw match.

For more information about the BNP Paribas Open, or to purchase tickets and travel packages, visit www.bnpparibasopen.org, call 800-999-1585 or 760-200-8000, or visit the box office, 78-200 Miles Avenue, Indian Wells, CA, 92210.




   
LAS VEGAS - Over the years the UNLV women’s tennis team has faced regional rival Pepperdine in a lot of different settings ? playing in Malibu just yards from the Pacific Ocean, under the warm sun here in the desert, a dozen times in the regular season and twice in the NCAA tournament. In fact, the two tangled just last month at the Los Angeles Tennis Center as part of an ITA team kickoff event. There was one constant during the long series, however, as in all 14 previous meetings the perennially powerful Waves defeated the Lady Rebels.

Not this time.

The 30th-ranked Rebs continued their impressive non-conference surge by notching a seventh consecutive victory (or every match since a gut-wrenching 4-3 loss to this same Pepperdine squad on January 30) with a 4-3 thriller over the 37th-ranked visitors on a sunny but breezy Sunday at Fertitta Tennis Complex.

UNLV, which is a perfect 10-0 at home this season, improved to 10-2 overall while the Waves fell to 4-6 after playing their fifth consecutive match away from home.





   
BY SCOTT PENSIVY, PT, LAT, ATC
OWNER S.P.O.R.T.S. (Scott Pensivy Orthopedic Rehabilitation Therapy Services)

Many tennis athletes have a shoulder syndrome that is created by muscle imbalances. Over the years, tennis elbow has made its way into medical terminology; a layperson knows it and in the medical field it is called lateral epicondylitis. Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, is the inflammation of a tendon secondary to overuse, poor mechanics, or trauma to this area. Few of us have heard of tennis shoulder, a term I have named while assessing many athletes including national and mature-ranked players. This term comes from an observation I have made in these professions; this pathology is not only elbow pathology, but more importantly a shoulder complex pathology. The term is not a misnomer. Having worked with these gifted athletes, I have discovered consistent patterns across the board regardless of gender. I have seen significant overtrained shoulders of internal rotators and pectoralis muscles, along with biceps, of the dominant arm of a tennis player, thus demonstrating undertrained muscles of the right arm. Specifically, external rotators and rotator cuff muscles. I see this often with my young players and old players alike. This condition increases the imbalances as a person increases his or her activity.



   
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