Tim Blenkiron is a UNLV tennis alum who won the NCAA Championship in 1997, one of only two UNLV players to ever do so. As an All-American collegiate player, Blenkiron went on to play professional tennis which was highlighted by playing at the US Open. His professional tennis career was cut short by his decision to marry his college sweetheart. Nonetheless Blenkiron was able to have a career highlighting doubles match with tennis great Andre Agassi where Blenkiron lost in two close sets 7-6, 7-6.
Blenkiron’s biggest contribution to the sport has been as a coach, leader and volunteer. Tim has been successful in attracting many adults, children and seniors players into the game. Blenkiron is the current USTA-Nevada President of the board whose leadership has been recognized for increasing diversity, creating more community building events, professionalizing the board and presiding over a restructuring initiative that has brought USTA Nevada to a very strong financial standing while preserving the strength and resources of the tennis community. Tim's efforts were also instrumental in helping get the Las Vegas Hilton to become the main sponsor of the City of Las Vegas’ Tennis Channel Open.
In 2010, Tim was selected as an elite National USTA coach to run a USTA Regional Training Center. He has since stepped aside from this role to spend more time with his family. Tim Blenkiron spent 6 years as the Head Pro at Canyon Gate Country Club where he was in charge of adult leagues, junior development and social events until he caught the eyes of tennis great Andre Agassi who recruited Blenkiron 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 in just four years resulted in over 20 nationally ranked players, 8 of which became top 25 in the United States. The USTA has adopted this program and is duplicating it in 4 major cities.
Blenkiron was also responsible for taking Asia Muhammad from a beginner to the tennis professional she is today. Asia was the young girl that reached the finals of the Tennis Channel Open pro tournament at the Darling Tennis Center years ago and has since won a number of pro events.
After the Agassi Foundation, Tim Blenkiron coached Asia Muhammad as a professional player while also running the Las Vegas Hilton. Under Tim's guidance the Hilton went from very little programming to one filled with league teams and a thriving junior program. Soon after, Blenkiron became Executive Director of Tennis at Lorenzi Racket Club and the Head coach at The Meadows School for their boys and girls teams. In his first four years at The Meadows, the high school team won the State Championships for the first time in the school’s history and repeated their efforts the following year.
Blenkiron runs the NO QUIT Tennis Academy, which has some of the best players in the state, section and country. To date, he and his academy have helped over fifty children obtain college scholarships for tennis and academics and his academy was featured as one of the best Academies in the US by the Tennis Channel.
Blenkiron in 2011 was awarded the management contract at Anthem Country Club where he oversees the tennis facility and programming. Tim Blenkiron was inducted into the UNLV Hall of Fame and has been awarded the USTA-Nevada high performance coach, twice. Tim was trained by the national USTA high performance staff and was the co-founder of the “Elite Junior Tennis league” which includes the top 48 nationally ranked players in Las Vegas. Blenkiron is also a former Co- Director of USTA-Nevada’s former CTC program.
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