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INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 4, 2015 ? Former World No. 4 and Grand Slam Champion Juan Martin del Potro, Americans Tim Smyczek, Ryan Harrison, Denis Kudla, Austin Krajicek, Nicole Gibbs, Taylor Townsend, Grace Min, Louisa Chirico, Sachia Vickery and Bethanie Mattek-Sands; and teenage rising star Donna Vekic were all granted wildcards into the main draws of the BNP Paribas Open, to be held March 9-22 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, it was announced today by Tournament Director Steve Simon.

Argentina’s del Potro, who won the 2009 US Open, reached the quarterfinals of Sydney this year, and is rebounding from left wrist surgery on January 19 of this year. This will be his first tournament since Sydney, and he has played in Indian Wells five times with his best result coming in 2013 when he reached the finals.

In addition, ten Americans have been granted wildcards into the main draws including Smyczek, who battled Rafael Nadal in a four-hour long, five-set second round match at the Australian Open in January, where he was lauded for allowing Nadal to replay a serve late in the match after a disruption from the crowd; Harrison, who reached a ranking of 43 in the world in 2012 and reached the semifinals in Acapulco last week; Kudla, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 90 last summer; Krajicek, who reached his first ATP World Tour quarterfinal in Memphis in February; Gibbs, who reached the third round of the US Open and quarterfinals at Seoul last year; Townsend, who reached the third round of last year’s French Open; Min, who reached the semifinals at Bad Gastein last year, and is currently at a career-high ranking on No. 97 in the world; Chirico, who has four ITF titles, two singles and two doubles; Vickery, who reached the second round of the 2013 US Open; and Mattek-Sands, who reached the third round at this year’s Australian Open in singles and captured the doubles title with Lucie Safarova. Read Complete Press Release

Players From 19 Men’s Collegiate Tennis Teams to Compete For Prestigious Title

La Jolla, Calif. - (February 25, 2015) ? The 126th Annual Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship will be played from Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Dr, La Jolla, Calif., 92037.

The tournament, which is the second oldest tennis event in the United States, will feature top collegiate tennis players from across the country as well as a strong field of independent competitors, which includes teaching professionals, top junior players, college coaches and former tour players.

"We are anticipating an exciting four days of great doubles action next week," said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. ?Fans have a good opportunity to watch some of the tennis stars of the future. Several of our recent champions such as Steve Johnson (2010), Bradley Klahn (2011-2012), Marcos Giron (2013) and Dennis Novikov (2013) are all currently playing on the men’s professional tennis circuit.?

The following collegiate tennis teams have entered the 2015 Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship: CONTINUE READING


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.

Get your FREE tennis class(es) by completing this Registration Form. Or simply call the USTA Nevada office at (702) 792-8384 ext 101 or email When you register, you will be emailed a certificate for you to take a FREE tennis lesson at any one or all of the participating facilities. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! In addition, everyone who registers will also receive a free Nevada Tennis Association membership, which includes an E-newsletter and special invitations to many of our community events. And if you need a FREE loaner racket, just let us know and we will be happy to provide it for you courtesy of the Racquet Recycle Program.

February 17, 2015

TO 20 WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PROGRAMS NATIONWIDE - Grant Targets Organizations That Grow Wheelchair Tennis In Their Local Communities

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., January 7, 2015 ? The USTA today announced that it is awarding a record $86,000 in USTA Wheelchair Tennis Grassroots Grants to 20 wheelchair tennis programs nationwide. Grants were awarded to local organizations that promote and develop the growth of wheelchair tennis and use the sport of tennis to build stronger, healthier communities. Since the inaugural grants in 2008, the total pool of USTA wheelchair tennis grant money has increased each year, with 2014 being the year with the largest amount granted to wheelchair programming by the USTA.

Grant amounts were based on each program's existing budget and the future programmatic needs of the organization. Recipients can use the award to meet the USTA’s grant initiatives including coaching, court time, equipment, recruitment and events (tournaments, camps, etc.).

Just click the cover below to view all the different classes available through the City of Henderson Parks & Rec including tennis classes funded by a USTA grant featured on page 70 & 71...

The ITA Fall Closed Junior Sectional Championships was held November 7-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is southern Nevada’s largest junior tourney of the year. This year’s championships hosted over 400 players from each of the six Intermountain states. After the last point was played and the final results were tallied, southern Nevada’s players won five of the eight singles divisions, reached the finals of two other singles divisions, and won six of the eight doubles divisions.

USTA Nevada would like to thank all the players and parents who came down for the event, the officials and volunteers who helped make the event possible, and the following facilities for the use of their courts: Darling Tennis Center, Lorenzi Racquet Club, The Meadows School, Red Rock Country Club, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Westgate Hotel & Casino.

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The Junior Team Tennis Fall District Playoffs were held Saturday, December 6 at the Darling Tennis Center. Eight teams competed in the event, representing clubs and facilities from all over the valley. The playoffs were the culmination of the 2014 Fall League Season which began Saturday, September 27. Teams that finished in the top four positions at the end of the regular season qualified to advance to the playoffs.

Congratulations to all of the coaches for a successful season and to all of the players who participated!
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