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By Ryan Wolfington & Mary Maragos


The Men's 3.5 Division, USTA Adult League team from Dragon Ridge Country Club in Las Vegas will be representing the Intermountain Section as well as the Southern Nevada at the national league championships.

They had a perfect imperfect season by winning the USTA-Nevada District, then went on to play against the 6 Intermountain states. Among these 6 states the Dragon Ridge team took first place under the leadership of their captain Mike Dunworth Jr.Now he and his team will compete with the top 17 teams in the country to see who is the national champion. Mike will be joined by team members: Aaron Milmeister, Chris Heavy, Dave Wrobel, Eril Muller, George Kypreos, John Hou, Jon Afalla, Joseph DeSimone, Kevin Chang, Mike Pontillas, Minh Tran, Ken Merkey and Matt Wehe.



   
By Ryan Wolfington

The Excellence Team Exchange was created as a demonstration of one way in which NJTL chapters can contribute to Player Development outcomes. By selecting participants based on athletic ability and desire, without regard to race and income, the teams found talented youngsters who would otherwise not have been given the opportunity. First class coaching and tournament travel was provided by the grant and several players developed national rankings during the two year project. The culmination of the project was a training weekend where team members from either coast trained, competed, and learned from Team Agassi from the Agassi Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas, NV-whose outcomes the Excellence Team concept was attempting to replicate. Teams came from two excellent NJTL chapters: the Junior Tennis Champions Center, in College Park, MD, and Youth Tennis San Diego, from San Diego, CA. In Las Vegas, the players received coaching inputs from new sources, played singles and doubles, and discussed "matters more important than tennis," as Arthur Ashe put it. Discussions between training session focused on decision making, leadership, Arthur Ashe, and the importance of a college education.



   
By Karl Jones

For 8 days Center Court at Red Rock Country Club represented everything that is great about our tennis community. The Lexus of Las Vegas Open $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament brought players from all over the world.

Battling it out in front of her home town crowd was Asia Muhammad, surrounded by her coach, family, friends and supporters. Pouring their hearts out - were WTA tour professional women competing for the Lexus of Las Vegas Open $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit title. International tennis figures Gil Reyes and Darren Cahill came out to support Adidas player and No. 3 seed Sorana Cirstea who lost in the final to champion Varvara Lepchenko.

"Thanks to the efforts of Tournament Directors Tyler Weekes and Jordan Butler and their tournament committee Rob Wilner, Jessica Hirshon, Mike Coppenhaver and Chris Painter, professional tennis is back in Las Vegas in a big way!," said Ryan Wolfington Executive Director of USTA-Nevada. "The tennis community really came together to collectively make this event possible one captain, player, and volunteer at a time."



   
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's tennis program will honor one of its former head coaches, the late Hall of Famer Dr. Larry Easley, by playing in the newly renamed Larry Easley Memorial Classic starting Friday on campus at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Current Rebel head coach Owen Hambrook, who was an assistant under Easley in 2000, said he thought it was a perfect time to honor the longest-tenured coach in UNLV history by changing the name of what was formerly was known as the Rebel Classic.

"With Larry being inducted into the UNLV Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this month, we wanted to recognize all he did in building UNLV into a nationally known tennis program," Hambrook said. "This is one small way for the memory of Dr. Easley to live on in the sport he loved so much."



   
By Ryan Wolfington
I just witnessed the best entertainment experience of my life. The Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children musicians were all incredible, top-notch performers and the entertainment all of a sudden took on such meaning once Andre Agassi opened up his soul for everyone to see. It was an intimate bonding experience where we got a glance how Agassi is touching the lives of children, one now at West point, so confident and well spoken, another at Occidental standing tall, all giving speeches like the leaders of tomorrow, thanking the sold out crowd in awe.

The Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children, produced by David Foster, somehow intertwined the Foundation, its Agassi Prep school and Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club program, together meshing their accomplishments in the last 15 years in a musical and verbal tale that moved you to love humanity.



   
Ryan Wolfington has been selected by the USTA-Nevada board of Directors to be their new Executive Director.

"Ryan's significant experience in both tennis and corporate america made him a perfect fit for our organization,." said USTA-Nnevada President Tim Blenkiron. "His passion for tennis and making things happen we hope will take the organization to another level."

Ryan was the founder of VegasTennis.com's Marty Hennessy's Junior Tennis Foundation, As Co-Founder with Marty Hennessy and volunteer Executive Director over 5 years he helped obtain the support from entertainers Tony Bennett, Clint Holmes, Frankie Avalon, Rita Rudner, Mosaic and Jay Leno to raise over a million dollars for at risk youth.



   
LAS VEGAS, Nev., (Sept. 29, 2010) - Alexa Glatch doesn't know if she'll ever play at 100 percent physically again, but she reported on Wednesday that the bulging disk injury in her lower back felt "a thousand times better" than one year ago.

That's good news for Glatch and bad news for her future opponents, including the rest of the Round of 16 singles field remaining at the Lexus of Las Vegas Open where Glatch beat Mashona Washington, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round on Wednesday at the Red Rock Country Club.

Also on Wednesday, Las Vegas' Asia Muhammad, 19, opened up play upsetting No. 5 seeded Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia, 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3. This victory is one of many times Muhammad has beaten top 100 players in the world. Muhammad has wins over Melanie Oudin and a number of top 60, 80 and 90 players in the world. Last year she beat the number 1 player in the world at the US OPEN Junior Grandslam.



   
 




   
By Ryan Wolfington

"Hadrien has an 8 % chance of running again," uttered the Dr. to Hadrien Saperstein's father Mark.

I took a group of children to a national tournament in California. In the middle of the night Hadrien, now ranked top 40 in the United States, was in tremendous pain and shaking. I didn't know if it was from dehydration from that days match or a previous virus he fought a week earlier.

As the night went on, so did the pain. Hadrien called his dad to come get him. By the time Mark drove to pick him up and drove back to the Las Vegas Hospital, Hadrien had no feeling from the waste down, he was paralyzed.


   
Annual Meeting Date January 18th, 2011@ 6:00pm

USTA-Nevada Offices: 1333 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite 130, Las Vegas, NV 89128

USTA-Nevada invites all USTA members to attend the Annual Meeting January 18th, 2011 at the USTA-Nevada office at 6pm. Please RSVP to Diana at support@ustanevada.com if you plan to attend, so we can get a count. If the response is too large for the USTA-Nevada Offices, a new venue will be selected so please check back the week of January 3, 2011, to confirm the location. The Annual Meeting will include a update on the organization's programs, progress, and vision. It will also include voting in the new Board members. All USTA members are welcome to take part in that process by voting at the meeting or before hand by printing the ballot and mailing it in by the deadline below. The ballot will be posted on the web site no later then December 15, 2010, so please check back, and thanks for being a USTA member.









   
World No. 1 doubles team, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, defeated the Indo-Pak Express, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) Friday in New York to win their third US Open crown and ninth major title.
Victory at Flushing Meadows wraps up a dream summer for the Americans, who are on a 14-match winning streak after coming into the US Open with back-to-back titles at Toronto and Cincinnati. Since Wimbledon they are on a torrid 22-2 tear.



 
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