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On Saturday November 29th 2008, The Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Stirling Club and Charlie Palmer Group, hosted a star studded luncheon, including dignitaries and well known celebrities Andre Agassi, Steffi Graff and singing sensations Tony Bennett. and Phyllis McGuire. Legendary coach and tennis dad Mike Agassi was inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with community legend Ann Rockwell and Junior Legends Catrina and Christian Thompson. Clint Holmes as Master of Ceremonies put together a spectacular afternoon of entertainemnt including MTV boy band of the year MOSAIC, Ellie Smith and a beautiful rendition of Holme's hit, "If not now when." "The Hall of Fame celebrates the greatness in others while helping the lives of children," said founder and USTA-Nevada Executive Director Ryan Wolfington. "Having Andre Agassi come and pay tribute to his father was by far the highlight of the day."

Senator Ensign, Larry Brown and Weekly support tennis

By Ryan Wolfington

As this Political season comes to a head we have players from both sides of the isle that support the game and many who play it. It became clear how important tennis was to Senator Ensign when he canceled his early morning meetings for a couple of Las Vegas children who went to Washington to be inspired. Inspiration is what they got, when our Senator played 2 hours of tennis on the "Highest court in the land", a special indoor court for Senators in their office building, with Senator Jim Demint. Soon after the high ranking Senator, who is in charge of helping get new members elected this year, put everything aside to have breakfast with the children in the private Senate dining room. Here they got a history and political science lesson as Senator Ensign explained why he left being a doctor to serve our nation. This included a private tour of the Senate floor where the children were able to open up the desk of President Kennedy and Nixon. It was a thrill to say the least. Turns out the Senator is a 4.0 player that plays 1-2 times a week, along with a biking routine, while other days he does sprints in the mall.

By Ryan Wolfington

In the 1980's one of the biggest names in tennis was our own David Pate. Now Director of Tennis at the Famingo and Bally's Resorts, Pate put Las Vegas tennis on the map in the 80's and no year was better for the former #1 player then 1987.

With wins over Conners, Sampras, Agassi, Chang, Gilbert, Gullikson and most notably Lendel when he was #1, and Edberg when he was #2 in the world, Pate had one of the fastest serves on the tour at 137 mile an hour.

Anne Rockwell, along with tennis legend Mike Agassi and the Thompson twins will be inducted into the Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame November 29th at the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place in Las Vegas.

There are few people with the history, passion and dedication of Anne Rockwell. After being a Director of Tennis at the Las Vegas Country Club, The Las Vegas Hilton, she now resides at David Pate's Bally's tennis, where she has been keeping people in the game for over 35 years.

The USTA Intermountain Adult League Sectional Championships were played in Salt lake City, Utah, August 22-24. The Intermountain Section is made up of 6 states including Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Three teams from Las Vegas came home with the Championship trophy and will now advance on to the USTA National Championships. "All three teams won their divisions undefeated," says Mary Maragos, District League Coordinator for USTA/Nevada, "that is almost unheard of considering the advanced level of competition that is at the Sectional Championships." The following teams will be representing Nevada in the National Championships:

USTA-Nevada Scholars Athlete of the year - Brandon Parker
Brandon Parker wins high school State Championship

Brandon Parker capped off a remarkable junior tennis carer by winning this years state high school championship. Parker has already won the doubles twice, team 3 times and now completes the grandslam with a singles State title.

Help with the Nevada Tennis Hall of Fame, Awards banquets, ladies league luncheon, junior tournaments, fundraising, committee's.
Ways to help:
-Help get silent auction items for Hall of Fame
-Help get sponsors and in kind donations for league and junior events
-help with administrative work in office
-Help sell raffle tickets that benefit our programs
Please email Ryan Wolfington at if willing

Las Vegas, December 15th, 2008: The International Tennis Centre Las Vegas has announced the opening of its brand new facility, located just ten minutes from the fabulous Las Vegas Strip. The 80,000 square foot building is both unique and attractive, from the exterior to the interior. The front is all glass in a cool ocean blue tint. Inside, the facility features eight new indoor Deco Turf II tennis courts with state of the art lighting. The Tennis Centre also features a tennis sporting goods shop with racquet stringing. -The International Tennis Centre Las Vegas has been established to become the premiere tennis destination in one of the most exciting cities in the world- said Jim Ahearn, Chief Executive Officer. Ahearn went on to say, -We will be providing the ultimate tennis experience in a luxurious climate controlled environment-. The International Tennis Centre is rolling out tennis programs for local residents; a junior tennis program; three day weekend programs featuring world class tennis stars like Kathy Rinaldi and Gigi Fernandez; cardio tennis with Chris Ojakian; as well as late night swing-shift tennis leagues. The facility will be available for both tennis and special events and will eventually be open 24 hours a day. Go to for further information on The International Tennis Centre Las Vegas.


Alpharetta's Ellen Jang-Milsten and Kimberly Yee of Las Vegas, Nevada teamed up together to capture gold balls by winning the USTA National Winter Championship 12s doubles title in Tucson, Arizona.

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