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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Bob and Mike Bryan ended Lleyton Hewitt's Davis Cup cameo, defeating the Aussie playing captain and debutante partner John Peers 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in a doubles mega thriller at the historic Kooyong Stadium to give the USA a crucial 2-1 edge in this delightful Davis Cup first round tie.

Six weeks into his retirement, the 35-year-old Hewitt suited up again, deciding on Friday night to share the team workload and extending his Davis Cup playing records to a 42nd tie and 18th year representing his country. It was a heck of an encore. The Bryan twins were razor sharp from Jump Street winning the first two sets quickly, 6-3, 6-3. Then Lleyton started hitting lots of laser returns and the Aussies were able to score two long game breaks to capture the third and fourth, 6-4, 6-4. But come the fifth set, the 37-year-old Bryan brothers showed precisely why they are America’s most successful Davis Cup duo of all time. With brutal efficiency, they swept the first eight points, breaking Peers in the second game with two stinging backhand winners down the line off the racquet of right-hander Mike.

Formidable front-runners, the Bryans conceded just two points on serve in the final set. The big serving Bob did not drop a point, closing it out with their signature Bryans’ one-two punch: a heavy first serve and a winning volley from Mike. "I just think we did a great job of regrouping," summed up Bob. "Credit to Mike, he hit a couple of great returns early in that fifth set." The Bryans left-right attack, humming efficiency and twin telepathy saw them take their awesome Davis Cup record to 24-4. Mike said, "It was grasscourt tennis, just a couple of breaks here and there and then we didn't see a break point for a while. Then Hewitt raised his game, singlehandedly broke me twice. He's a clutch player, he's a legend. You could see from the atmosphere out there he was rising to the occasion as he always does but I'm proud of the way we stuck in there and raised our energy in the fifth and got an early break and held on."

"The level was incredible from both sides of the net," observed US captain Jim Courier, unaccustomed to his doubles standouts giving him so many anxious moments courtside. "Obviously it got very complicated there after the second set. But they really put a stamp on it early in the fifth." This always loomed as the rubber the Aussies were least likely to win. "Whichever pair we picked had an outside chance," confirmed Hewitt.
Excerpted from an article by Suzi Petkovski

For some great video highlight clips from the match click here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meqKj6g5cSQ And be sure to click to put in on full screen on your computer . . .

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November 19, 2015 DOUBLES NEWS FROM LONDON


   
Kimberly Yee wins thhe USTA National Scholar Athlete Award at the U.S. Open Championships for her excellence both on and off the court. As captain of #TeamBryan, Kimberly has been a mentor and role model for countless youth in the Marty Hennessy's Inspiring Children Foundation. Kimberly is now a freshman at Stanford University.










   
Sean and Ryan Wolfington make the US Open promo video at 15 seconds in. Check it out!


   
Nicole Kalhorn was the winner of the Sportsmanship Award at the 2015 Summer National Open Event held in Portola Valley, CA. A perfect way to end her amazing junior tennis career that has spread hope, love and kindness everywhere.




   
FEBRUARY 2015

Former USTA Nevada Board President Tim Blenkiron was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Intermountain Tennis Association Board President during the ITA Annual Meeting in December.


Blenkiron, a former UNLV tennis alum who won the NCAA Championship in 1997, is the current Executive Director of the No Quit Tennis Academy in Las Vegas, and has coached numerous junior, adult and professional players, including American WTA player Asia Muhammad.

"As we move forward with our strategic plan, it is a huge benefit to be able to turn to Tim's expertise and incredible leadership skills on and off the court," said USTA Intermountain Executive Director Rob Scott. "I'm confident Tim will make enormous contributions to our organization as we continue to support and develop new community tennis programs and strengthening our partnerships in the industry. Tim's professionalism is second to none."

In 2010, Blenkiron was selected as an elite National USTA coach to run a USTA Regional Training Center. He also spent six years as the Head Pro at Canyon Gate Country Club where he caught the eyes of tennis great Andre Agassi who recruited him to run the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation Tennis Program. Tim's work at the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club has been recognized in numerous media outlets including Fox Sports and the Tennis Channel. The program he created resulted in over 20 nationally ranked players, eight of which became Top 25 in the U.S.


   
Barnes Tennis Center Set to Host Top American Junior Tennis Players at United States
Tennis Association Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships,
July 31- August 9, 2014

Champion Earns Women’s Singles Main Draw Wild Card to US Open in Flushing, N.Y.

San Diego, Calif. (June 30, 2014) The Barnes Tennis Center, a 24-court tennis facility which has been
dedicated to serving the youth of San Diego since 1995, will host the United States Tennis Association
Girls’ 16s & 18s National Championships from July 31 through August 9, 2014.

This year marks the fifth year the combined USTA Girls’ 16s & 18s National tournament will be played at
the Barnes Tennis Center, located at 4490 W. Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, Calif., 92107.

"We are honored to host this prestigious junior tennis event,? said Kerry Blum, Executive Director of
Youth Tennis San Diego, which owns and operates the Barnes Tennis Center. "Events such as the Girls'
Nationals affirm our mission to promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth
through organized tennis and educational activities." Continue Reading


   
February 21, 2014
By: Trenton Alenik (Vegastennis.com)

The Sony Open announced an incredible men's field that includes world number one ranked Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stan Warinka.
Nadal is a three time finalist of the Sony Open and will be seeking his first title this year. Murray is the defending champion and Novak Djokovic has one the event three times in the course of his illustrious career.

The Sony Open takes place from March 17-30 at the Crandon Tennis Center on Key Biscayne.



   
Top level junior and pro tennis coaches are in a class onto themselves. They are sources of
information and strategic insight that work tirelessly at their skills, looking for every possible
way to excel at what they are doing. I have been fortunate to come across such a coach who is
visiting us from Germany who is undeniably one of the prominent coaches for the past two
decades.

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