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The Davis Cup of Las Vegas was an opportunity to watch local teaching professionals compete against each other at beautiful Red Rock Country Club. Proceeds went to USTA Nevada organization of the year, "the G Alex Foundation," a charity based out of Las Vegas that is dedicated to enriching lives through tennis and wellness programs. Mike Copenhaver, the Tennis Director at Red Rock Country Club, and Glen Alex, owner of The Massage Advantage ran the event which inspired camaraderie between the local tennis clubs and organizations. Winning the event was Darling Center’s Brian Wilson and Wesley Hancock, taking second was Lorenzi Park’s Frideric Prandecki and Trent Alenik.


   
Tennis Pros from across the country flew to Las Vegas to be part of the 7th Annual ?Ultimate Ringer? Doubles Event benefiting the American Cancer Society. The April 14th event featured Las Vegas legends Sarg Sargsian (ATP #38), Tim Blenkiron (NCAA Champion), Brian Battistone (ATP #88) and Danny Maccanello (UNLV Star) Nikol Dimitrova (UNLV), Blakeley Griffith (Tennessee), Maggie Yahner (Virginia) along with many big names and players from out-of-state.

The Pros entertained the Las Vegas tennis community at a Saturday evening doubles exhibition and BBQ held at Spanish Trail. The Pros paired with local tennis lovers in a Pro-Am that raised funds to support the American Cancer Society’s cancer research efforts. Special thanks to Rob Kinas the organizer, Spanish Trail and it’s Director Dan Knight.


   
By Ryan Wolfington

Las Vegas has been a hot bed for tennis going back to the Alan King Tennis Classic , the Agassi years and now with our booming tennis community that includes countless high end country clubs and public facilities. Most Las Vegas tennis professionals come from far and away, others states, most often other countries. Jason Harman however is the exception. Jason, who was raised in Las Vegas, started tennis very late at the age of sixteen. When trying to play high school tennis for Cimarron Memorial he was cut. Much like the block buster film RUDY, Jason had a desire and willingness to prove them wrong. Harman teamed up with his father, who knew little about the sport, to teach himself using his heart, hustle and a ball machine. His relentless work ethic landed him the #1 singles spot on the team and eventually a spot playing college tennis a few years later. Playing for College of the Desert in Palm Springs, CA Jason won the Jr. College doubles Rolex Tournament for Southern California and was ranked 4th in the country for Jr. College doubles in 1999. Soon after Harman came home to play for the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) under the direction of coach Larry Easley. This was on a team that included other notable locals Robbe Parlade and Nenad Zivkovic.





   
Richman Mahlangu was born into a black township near Durban, South Africa during an era of apartheid. During this time blacks were severely discriminated against for the color of their skin and treated as second-class citizens to put it mildly. As a young boy Richman was doing the best he could to help his mother and raise a family of five after the loss of his father at age five. One day, as if by design, Richman discovered a broken tennis racket and began practicing the game of tennis with a wall and a couple of old balls, a game that would forever impact his life.



   
Defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan captured their third Monte Carlo trophy on Sunday, defeating second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-2, 6-3. The victory marked their 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 team title.

The American twins won 79 per cent of their first serve points and capitalized on three of their five break point opportunities to secure the win in just 57 minutes.
"It feels nice to win again in Monte Carlo, especially against two legends, Danny and Max," said Bob Bryan. "They've been playing great the last 15 months and hopefully we'll all get to play in many more big matches."
The top-ranked Bryans did not drop a set en route to their second triumph of the year, having won their season-opening tournament at Sydney. They improved to a 77-42 final record. .

"It's been a great couple weeks in Monaco with the Davis Cup and now the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000 event," Mike Bryan said. "It's always a pleasure to see Prince Albert II who we have enjoyed getting to know through the years and the beautiful scenery. We couldn't ask for a better place to win our 20th Masters 1000 title." Excerpted from ATP World Tour.



   
Dear Tennis Supporters,

We are tennis players that recently graduated from college as captains of our tennis teams thanks to the guidance, support and help of VegasTennis.com's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation.

Instead of taking jobs on the east coast, we both decided we would come back and help the organization that helped us.





   
Ryan is the founder of VegasTennis.com, and he and Marty Hennessy founded Marty Hennessy's Junior Tennis Foundation where together they have raised over $1,000,000 for children in need in the tennis community.

Wolfington has over 7 years experience in the financial services industry. Prior to entering the Tennis/Non-Profit world Ryan was a senior executive in a firm that acquired and restructured small to mid-size companies in the gaming, financial services, and teleservices industries. Ryan's experience started with CRW Financial, which over a 6 year period acquired, restructured, started and/or divested numerous companies including Central Credit, Inc., Casino Money Centers, Strip Check Cashing, Central Credit Check Cashing, and Telespectrum Worldwide. Ryan was also involved in two initial public offerings, CRW Financial & Telespectrum Worldwide, during this time.

Ryan's responsibilities have included business development, operations, marketing, PR, management, seeking out mergers and acquisitions, sales, strategic planning, and creating and overseeing the road show for both public offerings. Ryan started with the firm as protege to the Chairman of the Board and CEO and over 7 years learned a great deal from his mentor Brian O'Neill. His last 3 years were spent as President of Casino Money Centers, which he created from scratch, and under his management, grew to 85 employees with 7 offices nationwide.



   
It was Neal Tomlinson's generosity that helped make VegasTennis.com's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation a non profit 501 (c) 3 organization officially 8 years ago. From the beginning Neal had a desire and passion to help children in need. Both he and his wife Nicole put themselves through college working side jobs and understand what it takes to become successful. Neal joined the army and eventually put himself through law school. Nicole worked at a local casino to put herself through UNLV, and then earned her real estate license. The two share their success by mentoring children in the Marty Hennessy Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.



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