This October, breast Cancer awareness month, Las Vegas ladies decked from head to toe in all pink and armed with their tennis rackets joined the fight against cancer. It was the 3rd annual American Cancer Society Ladies Tennis Event at Darling Tennis Center.
Three years ago Stevie Tegano, the event creator, began driving for the 'Road to Recovery" program which provides rides for patients to and from their chemo or radiation appointments. While driving these patients she began to think of ways she too could help. Being a part of a strong community tennis group, Stevie reached out to her tennis friends for support.

The Story of Dillon Berkabile

The "RUDY" Foundation has announced Dillon Berkabile as the recipient of this year's "RUDY" Award. Dillon Berkabile was nominated and selected as the only American tennis player to receive the "RUDY" Award in 2010. This Award is given to the rare child who has defeated all the odds to make amazing things happen for their own life, much like the real "RUDY" in the blockbuster movie. Berkabile has excelled as a student, athlete and leader through hard work, persistence and character.

In the organizations history this is one of the largest college placements years ever. 9 children that played tennis locally have been given scholarships for athletics and or academics for their 2010 freshman year. 7 of the 9 will play division 1 college tennis, with the others receiving scholarships for their academics. All of these students had a high grade point average and many of them were among the most sought after student athletes in the country.

Patrick Kawka from Henderson is now ranked #19 in the United States and could have picked among many opportunities.

The Winners

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, arguably the greatest rivalry in tennis history, waged a fierce battle in the 2010 ATP World Tour Awards, sharing honors in two awards they hotly contested. The awards were announced today in London, one day ahead of the start of the ATP World Tour Finals.

Nadal, who had already locked up the No. 1 award after an incredible season in which he won three Grand Slam titles, beat out Federer for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship award, as voted by his fellow players. Federer had won the award the past six years. But Federer edged Nadal in a fans-voted category which he has always held in high esteem, the Fans' Favorite Singles Player.

American twins and defending World Tour Doubles Champions, Bob and Mike Bryan, who were honored for finishing ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team for a record sixth time in eight years, also again won the Fans' Favorite Doubles Team for the sixth straight year with 44 per cent of votes. Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic got 14 per cent of votes, with Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan third with 12 per cent.

Anyone who knows me well understands I have always been very strict when it comes to on court and mostly off court behavior. I have never seen tennis as an avenue to the "pros," nor do I care about wins and losses based on scores in a game. As far as I am concerned the real game is "life" and tennis is nothing more then a vehicle, a proving ground, to teach all of us how to master the principles that play out in our every day life; How to work hard, how to stay calm, how to embrace , love and make the most out of adversity. Our willingness to eat right, be honest, choose right, let go of frustration and a plethora of other elements to excellence ultimately adds up to our collective happiness and peace of mind.To me it is all about striving to be a "pro" at life.

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Property Brochure - Virtual Tour

By Karl Jones and Rene Mauban

1984. That's the year the doors of The Meadows School opened. In the history of the school not once had the tennis team won the regional crown. In a school which is known for their high SAT scores rather than their set scores, competing in 4A high school tennis may have been a daunting task.

Fast forward 26 years to year 2010. The planets have aligned as the girl's tennis team has a stable of tennis thoroughbreds and a new coaching team led by former NCAA Champion and professional tennis player Tim Blenkiron, which also includes Hassan Humayun and Maggie Yahner.

Five members of the Meadows girls team have national rankings. They went through the school year undefeated and even more impressive is the margin of victory in the wins. The average score of each match was a whopping 17-1 going into the Sunset regional tournament.

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV redshirt freshman Rene Ruegamer earned two titles on the final day of competition at the newly renamed Larry Easley Memorial Classic on a Halloween Sunday at Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Ruegamer, out of Wurzburg, Germany, rallied past teammate Alex Bull in the Flight Two singles championship, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Earlier in the day, Ruegamer teamed up with Bull to eke out a 9-8 victory over Rebels Mehdi Bouras and Bernard Schoeman for the doubles crown. The Rebel pairing of Charlie Alvarado and Kyle Lynch also won the doubles consolation final with an 8-5 win over Patrick Schimmelbauer and Hugo Ramadier of Northern Arizona 8-5.

The International Tennis Center, Las Vegas

7 Time Grand Slam Champion
Former #1 Player in the World

Saturday, December 18th, 2010
Session I: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Session II: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Session III: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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