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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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Juniors and adults must compete in at least two designated tournaments in 2010 in order to get a year-end ranking. Here are the tournaments that were awarded designated or Level1/Grand Slam status in 2010:



   

New Tournament Categories & District Ranking Requirements for 2011!

 

  1. "Grand Slam" Tournaments.                  2. "Challenger" Tournaments.
  1. "Futures" Tournaments.                        4. Quikstart Tournaments.

 

Due to the large growth in the Las Vegas tennis community over the past ten years, the USTA Tournament Calendar has become quite crowded. In order to address this situation and add excitement to the tournament calendar, the Tournament Committee for Southern Nevada has developed new tournament sanction levels and sanctioning criteria. 




   
The USTA-Nevada Annual Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 5, 2009. All USTA members are invited to attend.

The place of the meeting will be the Boardroom of the USTA-Nevada office, located at 1333 North Buffalo Drive, Suite 130, Las Vegas, Nevada 89128, phone 702-792-8384.

The time is 6:00 P.M.








   
Alyse Lysgaard of Las Vegas, Nevada a senior and member of the Laurel Springs School National Honor Society, has been nominated to compete in the National Honor Society scholarship. The National Honor Society is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Marilyn Mosley, founder and executive director of Laurel Springs School today announced the nomination, which places Lysgaard in the national competition. This year the program will once again award $200,000 in college scholarships. As a feature for the 2008 program, special recognition and additional awards will be presented to state and regional winners, along with the selection of one national recipient who will receive a $13,000 award.

"We are proud to have one of our top tennis players also achieve such great things in the classroom," said USTA-Nevada Executive Director Ryan Wolfington. "With great tennis and great gardes that often leads to a great college scholarship."



   
Our unique beliefs, backgrounds and experiences shape the way we view the world, the way we view one another, and the way we approach our work each day. The impact of these differences on how we interact is universal.

At USTA-Nevada Tennis Association, we are committed to embrace these differences and realize the value they bring to our organization. We acknowledge that diversity is an important business discipline that improves our organizations ability to compete in the marketplace, and strengthens our strategic priority of recruiting and retaining emerging leaders, volunteers and players to the tennis community.

Our vision for every employee is to grow through awareness, while working to incorporate diversity throughout the fabric of the organization. In realizing this vision, diversity becomes business as usual.

Our growing commitment to diversity and inclusion is exemplified in our efforts to hold diversity training for our staff and cultural connections as an integral part of the employee experience. This is our framework for developing an inclusive environment, and establishing a workplace of choice.

At USTA-Nevada, our goal is to reflect the community of people we serve. We believe this dedication will support our efforts of greater inclusion, as we seek to attract, recruit, develop and retain a skilled work and volunteer force to accomplish our mission "To Promote and Develop the Growth of Tennis."


   
By Ashley Newell

Boys 18s Doubles Finalists L-R A. Kalhorn & T. Frost
The ITA Great Pumpkin is played by many people all across the Intermountain six state region. A total of 132 juniors from Las Vegas played in this tournament. The children of Las Vegas did quite well in the well-known tournament.

The winner of the boys 18s singles division was Ashton Kalhorn, the fourth seed, who is currently residing in the city of Vegas and is coached by David Pate. Ashton also trains at the No Quit Home School Academy at Lorenzi Park.

Also doing well in this division was Jeffery Vongman of Team Agassi , making it to the quarterfinals, and Patrick Kawka of the No Quit Academy, winning the consolation. Kawka also won the boys 18s doubles division with Devin Lane, playing Ashton Kalhorn and Tyler Frost in the finals. Kawka will be playing for BYU next year on a scholarship.

Also representing Las Vegas in the doubles division were Jeffery Vongman with Kristofer Yee , and Dillon McNamara with Club Sports Devon Morrissey.



 
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