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I began playing the game at age 4 here in las vegas. My mother was an avid 4.5 tennis player and introduced me to the game of tennis. She still is very involved with jr tennis and is on the nta scholarship committee. Whether it was hitting on the wall for hours at bob baskin park or hitting serves at the sands with my mom, tenni
s was my life. I knew from a young age that all I wanted to do was be around the game I loved. I was blessed to work with the likes of George McCall and Pancho Gonzales thru the NTA future stars program. People like Sandy Tueller took me under their wing and provided free coaching for me and gave me
an opportunity to develop correctly at a young age.

By Ryan Wolfington
Nestled off of Sahara is one of the most charming tennis clubs in Las Vegas, Spanish Oaks Tennis Club. Built in the 1970's, this small 6 court tennis facility has a lot of history. A diamond in the rough, the courts are off this great sloping hill where players have been known to sit back, have lunch and watch tennis for hours. Much like the traditional tennis club where playing and watching tennis becomes a whole day affair the tiny club is protected by some of the largest and most beautiful tress in the city, providing relaxing shade to on lookers.'s Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation held two block parties in May. May is Tennis Month in America. The first block party, held in Boulder City, 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, boasted over 100 children and their families. Most participants had never played tennis before, but local player Molly Rudner, whose famous comedian mother Rita Rudner, got in the swing of things and showed the other children how to play.

By Junior Reporter Trent Alenik

This year the USTA-Nevada Awards banquet and Nate Schulman Tennis Ball, sponsored by's Marty Hennessy Jr. Tennis Foundation, Winnie and Bob Schulman,, & Las Vegas Skin & Cancer Clinics and Shutter Booth photo rental was highlighted by a special guest speaker, Glenn Trowbridge.

In addition to this high level guest, the semi formal banquet included players from all of the clubs around town, their pros, family and friends. The evening was filled with inspired youth, awards, a sit down dinner, dancing and a traditional post party bowling celebration at the Suncoast Hotel.

Kicking off the evening was special guest Glenn Trowbridge who is now running for the Las Vegas City Council seat in Ward 4 against Stavros Anthony to replace Larry Brown, a strong proponent of public parks and last years speaker who is now a county commissioner.

Junior Team Tennis District Play-offs were held Saturday, May 31st at the Darling Tennis Center. 16 teams competed in the event, representing clubs and facilities from all over the valley. The play-offs were the culmination of the 2009 Spring League Season which began the first week of March. Teams that finished in the top two positions at the end of the regular season qualified to advance to the play-offs.

Play-off results are listed below. Congratulations to all of the coaches for a successful season and to all of the players who participated!


NTA Novice Tourney #3 was held Saturday, May 23rd at Cimarron Memorial High School. 58 players competed in the event, which featured divisions from 8 through 18 & Under. This was the third event in a series of three. Novice tournaments are designed to help introduce recreational players to competitive tournament play. This event was also the second time an 8 & Under Quikstart Division was held. The Quikstart format incorporates low compression balls and a modified court to enable novice players to have greater success rallying and competing.

Final results of NTA Novice Tourney #3 are listed below:

13 children, 3 weeks, 8 cities, 15 speakers, 8 colleges, 12 historical tours, celebrities, senators, producers, CEO's, a Governor and a Pulitzer prize winning author, all to inspire 13 children to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Photos available upon request. Contact Ryan Wolfington, 702-822-1081

USTA-Nevada and the Meadows School partnered to hold their annual Middle School tennis Challenge. The mini tournament format was designed so children can play in a tournament and complete it in one day.

Below are photos of the winners and finalists of both divisions. The tournament Director was Tim Blenkiron, who is also in charge of the Meadows Tennis program, along with Brett Hunter.

The Meadows School has 8 tennis courts and boasts a lower, middle and high school tennis program. The private school was Founded to bring the highest level of education to Las Vegas residents. The school has made an equal commitment to excellence with their tennis program.

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