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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 4, 2015 ? ADDING MEN’S AND WOMEN’S DOUBLES DRAWS

PLAYOFFS OFFER EVERYONE AGE 14 AND OLDER THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A BERTH INTO 2015 US OPEN IN SINGLES, DOUBLES AND MIXED DOUBLES
ENTRIES OPEN MARCH 15 FOR ALL 14 SECTIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENTS

The USTA announced that the US Open National Playoffs will be held for the sixth season this year, expanding the footprint of the US Open to cities nationwide by providing the opportunity for all players 14 years of age and older to earn a berth into the US Open. New this year, the US Open National Playoffs will include a men’s and women’s doubles competition. Also, players can continue to compete in both men’s and women’s singles, as well as mixed doubles.

The US Open National Playoffs men’s and women’s singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held the week prior to the US Open. The US Open National Playoffs men’s, women’s and mixed doubles champions receive a wild card into the main draw of the 2015 US Open.

?The US Open National Playoffs are all about connecting people to the US Open,? said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President. ?This year, by adding men’s and women’s doubles, the National Playoffs are giving competitors the opportunity to earn their way into the US Open in every possible way. We look forward to another year of great tennis and watching top juniors, collegians, aspiring pros, and weekend warriors compete for the chance to play on tennis’ grandest stage.?

Registration for the 2015 sectional qualifying tournaments opens on Sunday, March 15, at www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs. The entry fee for each of the sectional qualifying tournaments varies, with men’s and women’s singles entries ranging from $75-$100 per player and men’s, women’s and mixed doubles entries ranging from $45-$60 per player. All players competing must have a current USTA membership valid through Aug. 31, 2015.

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Get your FREE tennis class(es) by completing this Registration Form. Or simply call the USTA Nevada office at (702) 792-8384 ext 101 or email freetennis@ustanevada.com. When you register, you will be emailed a certificate for you to take a FREE tennis lesson at any one or all of the participating facilities. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! In addition, everyone who registers will also receive a free Nevada Tennis Association membership, which includes an E-newsletter and special invitations to many of our community events. And if you need a FREE loaner racket, just let us know and we will be happy to provide it for you courtesy of the Racquet Recycle Program.


   

Former USTA Nevada Board President Tim Blenkiron was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Intermountain Tennis Association Board President during the ITA Annual Meeting in December.

Blenkiron, a former UNLV tennis alum who won the NCAA Championship in 1997, is the current Executive Director of the No Quit Tennis Academy in Las Vegas, and has coached numerous junior, adult and professional players, including American WTA player Asia Muhammad.

"As we move forward with our strategic plan, it is a huge benefit to be able to turn to Tim's expertise and incredible leadership skills on and off the court," said USTA Intermountain Executive Director Rob Scott. "I'm confident Tim will make enormous contributions to our organization as we continue to support and develop new community tennis programs and strengthening our partnerships in the industry. Tim's professionalism is second to none."

In 2010, Blenkiron was selected as an elite National USTA coach to run a USTA Regional Training Center. He also spent six years as the Head Pro at Canyon Gate Country Club where he caught the eyes of tennis great Andre Agassi who recruited him to run the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation Tennis Program. Tim's work at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club has been recognized in numerous media outlets including Fox Sports and the Tennis Channel. The program he created resulted in over 20 nationally ranked players, eight of which became Top 25 in the U.S.








   
TO 20 WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PROGRAMS NATIONWIDE - Grant Targets Organizations That Grow Wheelchair Tennis In Their Local Communities

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 7, 2015 ? The USTA today announced that it is awarding a record $86,000 in USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants to 20 wheelchair tennis programs nationwide. Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities. Since the inaugural grants in 2008, the total pool of USTA wheelchair tennis grant money has increased each year, with 2014 being the year with the largest amount granted to wheelchair programming by the USTA.

Grant amounts were based on each program's existing budget and the future programmatic needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to meet the USTA’s grant initiatives including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).
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Just click the cover below to view all the different classes available through the City of Henderson Parks & Rec including tennis classes funded by a USTA grant featured on page 70 & 71...






   
The ITA Fall Closed Junior Sectional Championships was held November 7-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is southern Nevada’s largest junior tourney of the year. This year’s championships hosted over 400 players from each of the six Intermountain states. After the last point was played and the final results were tallied, southern Nevada’s players won five of the eight singles divisions, reached the finals of two other singles divisions, and won six of the eight doubles divisions.

USTA Nevada would like to thank all the players and parents who came down for the event, the officials and volunteers who helped make the event possible, and the following facilities for the use of their courts: Darling Tennis Center, Lorenzi Racquet Club, The Meadows School, Red Rock Country Club, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Westgate Hotel & Casino.

Click Here for Complete Tournament Results & Photo Gallery


   
The Junior Team Tennis Fall District Playoffs were held Saturday, December 6 at the Darling Tennis Center. Eight teams competed in the event, representing clubs and facilities from all over the valley. The playoffs were the culmination of the 2014 Fall League Season which began Saturday, September 27. Teams that finished in the top four positions at the end of the regular season qualified to advance to the playoffs.

Congratulations to all of the coaches for a successful season and to all of the players who participated!
Click here for complete Playoff results & photos




 
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