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By Rob Merriman

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.

USTA-Nevada is proud to sponsor the Lexus of Las Vegas Open, a USTA Women's $50,000 Pro Circuit event, September 27-October 4, 2009 at Red Rock Country Club. The tournament will feature top players from around the world, including several U.S. Open participants. For more information on the tournament, including the Wild Card event, tournament hotel and room rates, players' party, host venue, and more please log onto

By Dillon Berkabille

American Asia Muhammad lived up to the hype at this years US OPEN by winning a round in qualifying draw and in the junior grandslam she beat the #1 junior in the world Kristina Mladenovic of France.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.

By Ryan Wolfington

We, who love the game of tennis, know that it is a lifetime sport and that we can still enjoy it in our teens all the way through life. Jim Roulias, Henderson, Nevada, has played tennis for 51 years and enjoyed every minute. Jim started playing tennis when he was twelve, fairly late for a junior. He played collegiate tennis at UNR for four years, 1964- 1968, in the old Far West Conference, Division II. He once competed against the legendary Art Larsen, when he played at California State Hayward, in 1967.

Jim says that Art Larsen was way past his prime and had suffered a serious motorcycle accident, previous to his days at Cal State Hayward, but Jim says "it was just a pleasure to be on the same court with such a legend". Jim also coached and travelled to tournaments with promising junior players from Reno into northern California, where he first met well known and beloved Las Vegas pro, Marty Hennesy, when Marty was a junior player in Northern California. Jim says that "Marty was as nice as a junior player as he is today, which isn't always the case". Jim has played USTA League tennis since its inception, having been a 4.5 level player in Reno, Cleveland (where he captained a 4.5 sectional men's team), and in Las Vegas, where his rating changed to a 4.0 when he was 55 years old. Jim says that "4.0 is a great competitive level, because you have so many levels and types of players within the 4.0 rating".

ClubSport Green Valley in Henderson Nevada is a Leisure Sports Inc. company, acquired from the Sports Club Company in February 2002.

Today when you step inside ClubSport you'll experience a world class sports and fitness facility encompassing all the activities and features of a year-round resort. The state-of-the-art equipment, outstanding amenities and dedicated staff provide an exciting environment where members can enjoy fitness, relaxation and recreation.

ClubSport is outfitted with a complete range of circuit and free weight equipment for strengthening and toning, and a cardiovascular area with the cardio equipment for aerobic conditioning. Court sport enthusiasts enjoy racquetball, handball and squash courts, plus a gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and badminton and with organized leagues, tournaments and drop-in games to help members develop friendships in an environment that fosters friendly competition.

Players from all over the world came together to compete the USTA $50,000 Women's Pro-Circuit Event at Red Rock Country Club. Players ranked as high as 84 in the world competed. Local phenom Asia Muhammad thrilled crowds reaching the quarterfinals with a sprained ankle before falling to the eventual winner. Regina Kulikova (RUS) captured the singles title and Aniko Kapros (HUN) and Augustina Lepore (ARG) were crowned doubles champions. Red Rock will host this event annually with next years dates already set for September 27th 2010. ?This was an incredible, intimate event for Las Vegas,? said USTA-Nevada Executive Director Ryan Wolfington. ?None of it would be possible without the team at Red Rock , the USTA and their sponsors including Lexus of Las Vegas, Hand Surgery Specialists of Nevada, The Wynn Las Vegas and Michelob Ultra.? For more information go to



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