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By: Andre Walls

With positivity comes success. These are the words Nancy Leiviska and her son Stefan Kendal Gordy, also publicly known as Redfoo, live by. ?Work at being positive, who cares about success? Success will follow,? Leiviska said.

In June Redfoo decided to chase after his dream to hopefully one day play in the US Open where he was given the opportunity to play the US Open sectional qualifying tournament. This dream came to an end at the hands of Fresno City College’s Scott Gray with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Gordy. Although he was not victorious, the loss did not stop Gordy from continuing to train every day for four hours, as he does with coach Adam Kennedy, and pursue his passion, which is the message he hopes to send out to the rest of the world.
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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) ? Fresh from a conference tournament title and NCAA first-round win, UNLV women’s tennis head coach Kevin Cory has been named the Mountain Region Head Coach of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced Wednesday.

Cory, who is in his 14th year at the school, earned his third such honor after also winning it 2002 and 2011. He is also a two-time MW Coach of the Year honoree (2000 and 2002).

A native of California and former player at the University of Oregon, Cory is the winningest coach in Mountain West history with a record of 79-19 in the regular season and 26-10 in the postseason tournament. That last record includes a 3-0 mark at last month’s MW Tournament held in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he brought back his seventh career conference trophy (four tournament and three regular season).
After upsetting top-seeded San Diego State in the MW final, UNLV advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time ever with an upset of No. 27 Tulsa last weekend that got the squad to the 20-win mark (20-8) for the fourth time in the last five years.

The Lady Rebels also produced the MW Player of the Year in the form of Aleksandra Josifoska and will be sending two players to next week’s NCAA Singles Tournament for the first time in program history (Josifoska and Lucia Batta).

Cory will now be considered for the national ITA award along with the winners from the other seven regions.


   
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan continued their record setting season on Sunday by capturing their 88th team title, their 6th doubles championship of 2013, and their 24th ATP Masters 1000 crown.

The top-seeded American twins defeated sixth-seeded Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 6-2, 6-3 to lift their third title at the Italian Open at Rome. The final lasted just 51 minutes.

"We knew we needed to play very well to win this match and I thought we put in a very strong performance," said Mike Bryan. "We're obviously very pleased with the way the last couple weeks have gone and are hoping to carry this momentum into Paris."

The Bryans received $200,000 in prize money and earned 1,000 ATP Rankings points.

"It's great to see Hesh and Bops playing together again, especially after their strong finish last season," said Bob Bryan. "They're great for doubles and we know we'll be playing the Indian Express again in big matches this year."

The Bryans lost a scant four service points in the 24-minute opening set, when they converted two of their four break point opportunities. They lost just five points on serve in the second set, breaking in the eighth game, to improve to a 34-6 record on the season. (Excerpted from the ATPWorldTour)

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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.



   
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.

The dedication and sacrifice that Mr. Yee made has certainly paid dividends for the progress and development of Kimberly and Kristofer throughout their junior careers (Kristofer is starting his freshman year on scholarship at Vanderbilt University this fall and is ranked top five in the United States).

Both Yee players train at Tim Blenkiron's NO QUIT Tennis Academy and are coached by their father and Blenkiron, who won the NCAA Championships in doubles for UNLV in 1997.

Most recently Kimberly won the National Hard Court Championships, sweeping both singles and doubles. With this title Kimberly was awarded a wildcard into the US Open Junior event. This was Kimberly’s second opportunity playing the US Open as a junior and she was thrilled to compete at this prestigious grand slam event against the world’s best players.



   
The Foundation children just finished the one-of-a-kind East Coast Leadership tour. It consist of 3 weeks, 8 cities, 15 speakers, prestigious colleges, historical tours, celebrities, senators, producers, CEO's, inventors, and a legendary coach, all comprised together to inspire children to be the leaders of tomorrow.

The Wolfington Family, including the O’Neills, Gillins, and Mitas, for the 5th year sponsored foundation children to experience the "NJTL East Coast Leadership Tour," sponsored by VegasTennis.com’s Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation and Marriott.



   
After 30 years as the Director of Tennis at The Dessert Inn, a solid professional and college tennis career Marty Hennessy continued to be the "Dean of the Pros" as the Director at Turnberry Place. During his years of service to the game, Hennessy has inspired countless youth, adults and had such an impact he was chosen for the USTA Lifetime achievement award. Hennessy's dedication to excellence is why a younger Mike Agassi relied on his talent to work with Andre when the legend was young. Hennessy was among the few pros that could take sets off then legend Poncho Gonzales, and according to Mr. Agassi, one of the few Directors willing to help those in need.



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