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American Asia Muhammad lived up to the hype today by beating the #1 junior in the world Kristina Mladenovic of France at the US OPEN. Kristina is also the 2009 French Open girls champion and a finalist at Wimbledon. Muhammad who was up 6-1, 4-1 ended up fighting off a last minute surge by Mladenovic closing it out 6-1, 6-4.

Mladenovic, was a semifinalist in the U.S. Open juniors last year and runner-up at Wimbledon juniors this year, proving she is very comfortable on the world's biggest tennis stages. With one of the best serves in the girls juniors, Mladenovic can take the initiative from the first point, but Muhammad who has been playing professionally all year has proven she can perform on the big stage as well.

To continue USTA-Nevada's efforts to bring more free social events to the tennis community Ryan Wolfington negotiated with the Palazzo's new Lagasse's Stadium Restaurant and sports book to create a fun way to watch the US OPEN men's semi-finals and women's finals this Saturday.

They have reserved just for USTA members free of charge their new private Luxury Box #2, which features large plasma TVs, a pool table, video games and patio access to watch the US OPEN. They will also give all USTA members a VIP card worth a 25% discount with certain restrictions.

The USTA Intermountain Junior Team Tennis Sectional Championships were recently held August 14-16 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colorado. Teams representing all six of the Intermountain States competed in the event, including two teams from Southern Nevada: the 14 & Under Intermediate Team from the Summerlin Tennis Club, and the 18 & Under Intermediate Team from the Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club.

Both teams had outstanding results at the Championships: The Summerlin Tennis Club team coached by Gordon Hammond, took 1st Place, and Team Agassi coached by Sue Owens, came in third.

By Ryan Wolfington
USTA-Nevada Executive Director

The difference between winning and losing is often a slight shift in momentum, and often times a point here and there. So tennis is a game of inches. The goal then becomes what can you do to get the slightest advantage. Here is a list of what may seem like small things that when added up gives you a large advantage:

December 12-13, 2009

Champion & Finalist (L-R) D. Trombley & A. Olvera
A one day non-elimination tournament was held at Ballys for eight Future Star team members. Each player got the chance to compete in three, one-set matches during the course of the event. When the last point was played, Dakota Trombley found himself in the winner's circle with a 6-5 win over #1 seed Alex Olvera. Meanwhile, third & fourth place was decided by a play-off between Jackie Olvera and Brady Osborne, with Brady defeating Jackie 6-1 for the victory. Other Future Star participants in the tournament were Cheyenne Rothkopf, Holly Hillard, Imani Underwood and Ashley Collins.

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Tapping into her experience playing in one of the world's biggest tennis tournaments, Henderson's Asia Muhammad won for the first time at the U.S. Open Wednesday, advancing with a three-set win in the qualifying tournament taking place at the National Tennis Center.
Muhammad's talent is a direct result of the Andre Agassi Foundations Boys and Girls Club program where she was coached by UNLV NCAA Champion Tim Blenkiron.
"Asia is very excited to be here and she showed that on the court today. She is really starting to become a mature young lady," explained her father Ron Holmes. "But we would not be at the US OPEN if not for Andre's foundation and Asia's coach at home Tim Blenkiron. We have also been getting a lot of great help and coaching from the USTA. Asia is excited to work hard and see what she can do to make them all proud."

The Montana Tennis Association seeks a highly motivated, energetic, and knowledgeable individual to serve as the Association’s Executive Director. The mission of the Montana Tennis Association is to promote and develop of the growth of tennis in the State of Montana. The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

Thanks to USTA-Nevada Junior Competition Coordinator Rob Merriman a pre-season High School Player’s Training Camp was held August 3rd and 4th at the Darling Tennis Center. The camp was conducted by USTA-Nevada to help players prepare for their upcoming season. Camp participants received instruction and played competitive simulation games. Non-USTA members received a one-year junior USTA membership as part of their registration fees for the camp. Over seventy players representing thirteen high schools participated in this year’s camp, some traveling from as far away as Moapa Valley High School in Overton.
USTA-Nevada would like to specially thank the Darling Tennis Center for making their facility available, and the instructors and high school coaches for their hard work and support. Good luck to all the high school player’s this season!!

State-of-the-art $15 million indoor facility accommodates Las Vegas, Southern California and Arizona tennis community
    Indoor tennis in Las Vegas just gained significant ground in Las Vegas thanks to the opening of the International Tennis Centre, a new $15 million state-of-the-art tennis facility located minutes from the famed Las Vegas Strip. Prior to the opening of the International Tennis Centre, there were few options for playing tennis in a professional indoor environment in the Las Vegas area.
The International Tennis Centre provides the ultimate tennis experience in a climate controlled indoor environment. The facility is regularly used for training by several of the world's most renowned professional tennis players and coaches, and is now readily available to tennis players of all levels.
    "For years, Las Vegas was a popular spot for tennis enthusiasts," said Jim Ahearn, CEO of the International Tennis Centre. "Over time, people started turning to other recreational sports because of the city's desert climate and lack of indoor facilities. The opening of the International Tennis Centre is bringing tennis back to Vegas for visitors, residents and pros."
    Services offered by the International Tennis Centre include hourly court bookings, private and semi-private lessons, clinics, Junior Academy and corporate events. The International Tennis Centre also has several of the finest tennis-teaching professionals on staff, with diverse areas of specialization and fluency in a combined total of eight languages.

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