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Sedona resident Mel Levine is an amiable sort of person.

Mel Levine has lived in Sedona for the past 15 years and is the president of the Sedona Community Tennis AssociationWith the zeal of a teenager, Levine will talk at length about his beloved Yankees and the first-ever fantasy camp where he met one of his childhood heroes, Mickey Mantle.

He’ll also tell you about the brain operation that led him to learn to play guitar and tennis as part of his rehabilitation.
“Those two things really changed my life,” Levine said. “Now I play the guitar and I’m a No. 4 [USTA ranked] tennis player.”

Levine is the current president of the Sedona Community Tennis Association, an organization focused on providing tennis opportunities to Sedona residents aged 50 or older, while also developing tennis programs for the handicapped and children from low-income families.

“We did a huge league in January — we had over 50 teams,” he said. “Now we’re looking at a mixed doubles league.”
Levine has come a long way since his days as one of the first prominent sports agents in the 1980s.

His book, “Life in the Trash Lane,” tells the story of how he fell into the sports agent business, and recounts his handling of a headline-grabbing national scandal involving college players and cars which was dubbed “Autogate.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Aug. 14 issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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