‘A friend to anyone’: Beloved tennis player dies after collapsing on Summerlin Court

Ryan Vanna was within the tiebreaker of a blended doubles tennis match Sunday afternoon at Pink Rock Nation Membership when he fell to his knee.

The 43-year-old, with a lifelong ardour for the game and whose Pink Rock Nation Membership groups lately celebrated a pair of nationwide championships, acquired his fingers on the laborious courts and lay again.

Medical doctors watching the sport rushed to carry out CPR, however after 55 minutes of medical consideration, his coronary heart had not restarted.

Vanna’s household had a historical past of hypertension, and he was on treatment. His sister, Tammy Van Kang, stated he has not proven any indicators that he’s not coping with the well being downside.

“He took impeccable care of his well being,” she stated. “He was so match. Lifting weights. He seemed like a bodybuilder to me. He was large. We weren’t anticipating this to come back.”

Vannah Kang was contacted at 5:10pm on Sunday, moments after her brother collapsed, and located her husband, Dr. Parminder Kang, amongst these making an attempt to revive Vannah. It wasn’t till they acquired to Summerlin Hospital and Medical Heart that she and her husband broke down in tears.

Vanna died at Summerlin Hospital later that day. The physician and medical employees at Summerlin Hospital stated they believed he was taking the unsuitable blood stress treatment.

The coroner’s workplace had not but dominated on an official trigger and method of dying till Tuesday.

Vanna was the youngest of 4 youngsters, all of whom grew up in Las Vegas. He graduated from Durango Excessive Faculty, the place he participated within the state tennis match.

In a household filled with attorneys and medical doctors, his sister stated, he performed tennis full time after working in safety and as a sports activities coach. He additionally taught youngsters at native main faculties, hooked different gamers’ rackets for extra cash and practiced at Pink Rock, Darling Tennis Centre, and Lifetime in Henderson.

“It was an enormous big teddy bear,” his sister stated. “It solely took him a minute to befriend even his opponents.”

Final week, the Pink Rock Nation Membership gathered to rejoice their second consecutive United States Tennis Affiliation Nationwide Championship within the 40+ age group and 18+ age group.

Vanna was on each groups after they captured the titles in 2022 and 2021, and his sister stated he smiled brightly amidst his teammates and pals.

“He and my husband had been on the staff,” stated Fana Kang. “It was enjoyable to look at. We do not assume it has been carried out earlier than.”

Unhappy Day

Good friend and Pink Rock professional Shaun Hubbard met Fana two years in the past after Fana started taking part in significantly once more. He stated that Vanna and his fiancée, Melissa Hicks, had been beloved members of the tennis group.

Hubbard stated Sunday was the second time he had seen a participant collapse on the sector. He stated one other man collapsed on the Pink Rock tennis court docket about eight years in the past.

“Seeing a good friend go down like that, it is undoubtedly powerful,” he stated Monday. “For everybody in Las Vegas who performed tennis with him, it was a extremely unhappy day.”

Primary member

Dan Michalski, a fellow tennis participant, stated Vanna helped manage a celebration final month for greater than 100 tennis gamers throughout the valley to rejoice after every participant’s new rankings had been launched.

“He was a good friend to anybody,” Michalski stated. “Your entire tennis group was actually shaken by this.”

Michalski stated he did not compete with Fana a lot as a result of Fana was a greater participant, and he was shocked when he considered somebody of their forties dying immediately.

“It is actually a tough capsule to swallow,” he stated. “Particularly when it was so vibrant and lively, that was an integral a part of the group.”

Vanna is survived by his mother and father, Robert and Marsha Vanna, siblings Vanna Kang, Matt Vanna, and Natalie Vanna Dunne, his fiancée, brother-in-law Dr. Parminder Kang and Dave Dunn, sister-in-law Dr. Catherine Vanna, and 13 daughters and sons.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1801 Monte Cristo Highway.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at sschnur@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0278. Continued @worker on Twitter.

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