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CHLOE HENDERSON OF LAS VEGAS SELECTED TO ATTEND
USTA NATIONAL JUNIOR TENNIS & LEARNING LEADERSHIP CAMP

Camp Teaches Life Skills, Leadership and Sportsmanship




   
Kimberly Yee has been the nation’s #1 ranked player in the girls 12's, 14's and 16's age divisions.



Kimberly started playing tennis at the ripe age of 3 years old with her father Adam Yee who went into an early retirement to coach both Kimberly and her brother Kristofer.





   
No Quit Academy Tennis Coach and World Ranked Player Brian Battistone qualifies for Main Draw of the Mixed Doubles
15 year old Rising Tennis Star Kimberly Yee plays in the Junior US Open


Las Vegas, August 28, 2012; This weekend local Las Vegan player and No Quit Tennis Academy coach Brian Battistone and doubles partner Nicole Melichar won the mixed doubles qualifier and will be playing in the main draw of the US Open. Trained in both Palm Springs and at the world-renowned Bollettieri Academy, Battistone is best known for his spectacular jump serve and patented two handed racket. In his career he has won 4 titles on the Challenger Tour and has played in the 2010 US Open and 2011 Wimbledon Grand slam Championships. Brian is currently a coach at the No Quit Tennis Academy at Lorenzi Park in Las Vegas. This is his fourth tournament with mixed doubles partner Nicole Melichar and the pair has remained undefeated since they began playing together at the beginning of the year. Melichar, 19 born and raised in the Czech Republic currently trains at Club Med in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This is Melichar’s US Open debut; ?We are thrilled to be here, this is our 4th tournament together and it’s the US Open! This is by far the highlight of our careers,? said Melichar late last night after stepping off the practice courts. The pair will play later this week, highlights of which will be broadcast on The Tennis Channel and ESPN.



   
Saturday, August 11, 2012 - San Diego - Las Vegas junior tennis player Kimberly Yee won the United States Tennis Association's National Championships today in the girls 16's singles. Yesterday Yee won the National Championships in the girls 16's doubles with partner Marianna Gould.

Kimberly's Yee's victory is the second time in her career that she has won both the singles and doubles at the national championship. To win the singles final Yee beat Katerina Stewart 6-2, 6-2. Her victory secured her a wild card into this years US OPEN Junior main draw.

Kimberly Yee is part of the USTA's National Junior Tennis and Learning chapter in Las Vegas, the Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation, which strives to inspire youth through mentoring, tennis and education. Within the foundation she is part of the elite "Team Bryan" travel team, sponsored and supported by the world's best doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan.









   
 


   
The Davis Kup of Las Vegas was an opportunity to watch local teaching professionals compete against each other at beautiful Red Rock Country Club. Proceeds went to USTA Nevada organization of the year, "the G Alex Foundation," a charity based out of Las Vegas that is dedicated to enriching lives through tennis and wellness programs. Mike Copenhaver, the Tennis Director at Red Rock Country Club, and Glen Alex, owner of The Massage Advantage ran the event which inspired camaraderie between the local tennis clubs and organizations. Winning the event was Darling Center’s Brian Wilson and Wesley Hancock, taking second was Lorenzi Park’s Frideric Prandecki and Trent Alenik.


   
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.





 
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