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Professional Tennis Team Coming to Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas will be home to a new professional tennis team.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced that the Las Vegas Neon will call the Darling Tennis Center home.

"It's great for young people who love sports, great for the city to have a professional team," Mayor Goodman said.

According to the team's website, Las Vegas resident Sam Querrery will headline the roster this summer. The remaining lineup will be determined by the league's marquee player draft on Feb. 11, the website said.

The team is under the Mylan World Team Tennis League, which was founded by Billie Jean King. The league relocated from Sacramento where the team had played for the past 28 seasons.

The league's commissioner says the move to southern Nevada is ideal because of the valley's growing tennis community and the great weather year-round.

"My understanding is Las Vegas is dying to attract a professional team. Maybe we are first, the start of more professional teams to follow," commissioner Ilana Kloss said.

The Las Vegas Neon will play 14 regular season matches with seven of them in Las Vegas in July. The public will also be able to watch the drafts which start next month.

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