Team Vitalyte Victories
2008 Australia Junior Davis Cup Team; ITF Junior Champion - Malaysia, Philippines
"As tennis players we follow the summer around the world, therefore we are often playing in hot conditions. I'm a heavy sweater so when you combine that with the conditions I play in I am constantly losing fluids when I'm playing and training. I need the best products to replace all the fluids I'm losing.
I have tried lots of different electrolyte drink mixes and I have found vitalyte to be the best. Vitalyte contains all the essential electrolytes I need whilst also having a sensational taste."
~ James Duckworth
10 ATP World tour titles
Rajeev Ram was born March 18, 1984 in Denver, Colo., and began playing tennis with his dad at age 4. Rajeev soon became a talented junior player. He spent most of his childhood living and training in Carmel, Ind., where he played on the Carmel High School tennis team and won a state singles title. Rajeev also traveled the world playing junior tournaments. He won nine national titles and played in all four Grand Slam junior events. He and Brian Baker were junior doubles finalists at Wimbledon in 2002.
After high school, Rajeev accepted a tennis scholarship to the University of Illinois. He helped the Illini go 32-0 and claim the NCAA team title. He and his doubles partner, Brian Wilson, also won the NCAA doubles title. He left Illinois after one semester and turned pro in 2004.
Rajeev has won 10 ATP World Tour Titles — eight in doubles and two in singles — and has held top-100 rankings in singles and doubles. He also has won seven ATP Challenger Tour singles titles and 27 ATP Challenger Tour doubles titles. Rajeev has reached the doubles quarterfinals of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and in 2014, he reached the doubles semifinals of the U.S. Open. One of his career highlights was winning both the singles and doubles titles at the 2009 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I. During that tournament, he accomplished another rare feat: winning four pro tennis matches in one day. He again won the singles title at Newport in 2015.
When he’s not playing on the tour, Rajeev splits his time between Indiana and California. He likes to spend time with his family and friends and play golf. He also does volunteer work for his charity, EntouRaj for Kids.
~ Rajeev Ram
Ranked in the top 25 in the world for doubles by the ATP
I never drink anything other than Vitalyte on the court anymore. It tastes great and keeps me really well hydrated in practice and in all my matches. On the court I feel great because of Vitalyte.
~ Treat Huey
Nickname: Sugar Shay
Proud Las Vegas, Nevada native Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith is a junior middleweight fighter who carries the burden of boxing excellence on his back having grown up in the boxing mecca of the world.
A talented counter-puncher with first-rate defensive skills, Smith’s professional career began on July 29, 2000 by way of TKO against Jose Meraz in round three of four. He would fight 14 more times before facing Randall Bailey on January 15, 2004 for the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight, vacant USBA welterweight, and vacant WBO NABO welterweight titles. Bailey would get knocked down in round two, ultimately solidifying Smith’s UD victory at the Chumash Casino in California. In addition, Smith competed on the first season of popular reality TV show “The Contender” in 2004 and fought 13 more opponents racking up a 23-5 record before he would get his opportunity at distinction.
As a free agent in 2012, Smith would frequent the Mayweather Boxing Gym, often inquiring about opportunities in which he could showcase his talents. His persistence and ambition to realize his potential eventually culminated in a career altering call from famed trainer caretaker at the gym, Cornelius “Boza” Edwards. Boza offered Smith a chance to be Floyd’s sparring partner for his upcoming May 5, 2012 fight against Miguel Cotto. While sparring, Floyd immediately noticed Smith’s boxing acumen, remarking that he didn’t understand how Smith wasn’t a champion already. Soon thereafter, he signed Smith to Mayweather Promotions and promised to get him his shot at boxing glory.
True to Floyd’s word, Smith would get his chance when he faced Conrnelius Bundrage in the IBF Light Middleweight title fight on February 23, 2013 in Detroit. Smith capitalized, winning the bout by UD and making history in the process. “No one can ever take the history we made away, you can rewrite a lot of things, but you cannot rewrite history, we made history on that night in February. I became the first native of Las Vegas to win a world boxing championship,” Smith exclaimed. Nevertheless, being a champ comes with onerous responsibility of defending your belt. Well-credentialed fighter Carlos Molina challenged Smith in a hard-fought brawl for his newly earned title on September 14, 2013 and succeeded by way of split decision. Smith might admit disappointment, but a defeat as close as the one he experienced either makes you quit or makes you stronger; he chose the latter. Although he fought hard in the WBA World Super Welterweight title fight on December 12, 2014, Smith was unable to overcome his opponent Erislandy Lara. Smith didn’t focus on the loss or what could have been. Instead he prepared for his next opportunity. On April 30, 2015, Smith bounced back from his defeat and reigned victorious in the 10-round brawl against Cecil McCalla where he won by unanimous decision. He made two appearances in the ring since his bout against McCalla, the first did not end in his favor when he lost by majority decision against Vanes Martirosyan at the MGM Grand on September 12th, 2015. In true “Sugar Shay” fashion, he once again took that defeat and used it as motivation to come back stronger by stopping his next opponent, Tommy Rainone, by unanimous decision in a 10 round showdown at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV on December 18th, 2015.
A devoted Christian who wears Psalm 27 on the back of his trunks as well as on his neck, Smith is inspired by two main goals: to provide for his family and to do Gods work. As a father of six children, he spends his free time partaking in their zest for life or he’s at the local high school coaching youth football acting as agent of change in a young person’s life. Smith says he would be playing soccer or be an endurance jogger – he can run for hours – if he wasn’t a boxer. One might find it interesting that Smith prefers to wear all of his socks inside out. Why you may ask? Because he is certain that they are just more comfortable that way!
In addition, Smith also enjoys giving back to the community and has avidly worked on continuing his charity work over the years—a commitment earning him his own city-wide day of service. On February 23, 2013, Ishe Smith was advised by Regina Coward-Holman of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and President of the Black Police Association that, on behalf of the City of Las Vegas, that February 23rd would officially be named “Ishe ‘Sugar Shay’ Smith Day. Ever since, Smith devotes his day to servicing the community.
Presently, Ishe Smith is trained by Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and is confident that the momentum he has forged thus far will yield even more opportunities that boxing historians will inscribe into their books.
~ Ishe Smith
WTA Doubles Ranking of 44 in the World
Asia Muhammad is our newest Team Vitalyte member. This 26 year old Las Vegas, Nevada resident holds a career high WTA doubles ranking of 44 in the world. Asia started playing tennis at the young age of 9 and hasn’t looked back since the day she picked up a racquet. Her tennis idols include Andre Agassi and Serena Williams. Her brother, Shabazz Muhammad, plays in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves while her younger brother Rashad plays basketball for the University of Miami. We’d say sports are in the family! Good luck this season Asia.
~ Asia Muhammad
One Of America's Top Ranked Juniors
Tristan Boyer is one of America’s rising tennis stars. At just 16 years of age, this Southern Californian has an ITF junior world ranking of 35. He was also the youngest American to qualify for the 2017 junior Australian Open, and was a member of the 2017 US Junior Davis Cup team. Not too many sophomores in high school can say they have traveled to eleven countries in the last year playing tournaments. While Tristan is no doubt a standout player, he is not the only one in the Boyer family with athletic prowess. His sister was a PAC-12 Champion in the high jump for the UCLA Bruins.
When Tristan is not on the court, he is working hard taking care of his body and studying at Stanford Univeristy’s On-line High School. He is also a huge advocate for athlete nutrition and follows his parents advice, “You are what you eat.” This up and coming tennis sensation enjoys Vitalyte because “It has given me the energy I need to sustain me through my long training days, but also to still feel energetic and focused enough for my rigorous online classes.”
~ Tristan Boyer
Ranked #1502 in the ATP World Rankings
Beau is a professional tennis player from Jacksonville, Florida ranked #1502 in the ATP World Rankings. He graduated from the University of Nebraska, where he won the 2014 Big Ten Doubles Championship, and has been playing professionally ever since. While at Nebraska he started his podcast, “What Do You Get?”, because he wanted athletes to be seen in a new light. Focusing on the person and not their results, “What Do You Get?”, has guests from all sports and different levels of success including Rich Gannon, former NFL MVP and Andrew White III, shooting guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Beau records a new episode each week, so listening is a great way to keep up with his career and travels as well as learning more about the personal life of your favorite athletes!
~ Beau Treyz
Northwestern University 2017
Sam Shropshire graduated from Northwestern University in 2017. After earning All Big Ten honors four consecutive years in a row, this blue chip recruit set his focus on his professional career. Sam is steadily climbing the ATP ranks by reaching the quarterfinals of two tournaments in October of 2017. As a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the winner of the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsman Midwest Award, this Philadelphia native makes an impact both on and off the court. We look forward to watching Sam score some victories in the 2018 season.
~ Sam Shropshire
Hunter and Yates Johnson
390 in the ATP Doubles
Hunter and Yates Johnson have been playing tennis since they were old enough to hold a racquet. Born in Taos New Mexico, the twins participated in many sports including skiing, hockey and baseball. At the age of twelve, the Johnson family relocated to Phoenix so the boys could have the advantage of playing tennis year round. While in Arizona, Hunter and Yates won three consecutive state doubles titles before moving to Texas for their senior year. During the final year of high school, the twins added another state doubles title to their collection of victories before setting their sights on their college career at SMU. While in college the boys set a school record for the most doubles wins and were ranked as high as 12th in the nation. Since graduating in May of 2017, the team has risen to 390 in the ATP doubles rankings with seven tournament victories. When they aren’t traveling on the tour or practicing, they enjoy skiing, wakeboarding, and hanging out with their dog!
~ Hunter and Yates Johnson
Rising Star on the Tennis Scene
Gage Brymer is a rising star on the tennis scene. The former UCLA Bruin has his sights set on his professional career after fully recovering from a blood clot in his left shoulder which kept him out of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Brymer’s impressive resume includes winning the 16’s and 18’s division title at the prestigious Easter Bowl and is the only person since 1936 to win the highly acclaimed Ojai Tournament three years in a row. No wonder he was the number one recruit in the nation for the Class of 2013! Brymer lives and trains in Irvine, California under the tutelage of his father, renowned Chuck Brymer. When Gage isn’t on the court at the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy, he is re-hydrating with Vitalyte electrolyte replacement drink. Grape is his favorite flavor and we love keeping him stocked with plenty of product so he can be at his best!
~ Gage Brymer
Member of Team Australia for XTERRA World Championships
Mark Feeney brings his world class mountain bike skills to the United States after spending his youth growing up in New South Wales. This Aussie now is training in Arizona and works as a firefighter at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. After taking some time off from the sport to focus on his work, this member of Team Australia for the XTERRA World Championships, is back in the bike seat for some intense training. Mark was first introduced to Vitalyte when he started working at the Grand Canyon Fire Department. The firefighters use the electrolyte replacement drink to stay hydrated in the intense Arizona heat. Mark liked it because, “it isn’t too sweet or sugary.” Vitalyte is proud to keep Mark and his co-workers hydrated and at there best when it counts the most!
~ Mark Feeney
Emerging Talent in Ultra-Cycling
Joe Frank is an ultra-distance cyclist who has relied on Vitalyte electrolyte replacement drink to fuel him through some of the sport’s most grueling events including Race Across America and Raw Across The West. The San Diegan has always been involved in sports. However, that passion for athletics was put in serious jeopardy when in 2007 the Navy Seal candidate was hit by a drunk driver. Frank suffered two broken legs and spent the next several months in a wheel chair. Realizing his career as a Seal was no longer an opportunity, he found inspiration in his unfortunate situation. “During that time I realized how much I missed being an athlete.” After he healed from his injuries, Joe started competing in marathons and did some triathlons. Fast forward nearly a decade and he has become an emerging talent in the ultra-cycling world.
~ Joe Frank
Competing in Qualifying Stages of LPGA Tour
Megan Thothong is a former University of Houston golf standout. She started playing the sport at the young age of eight. Megan became the first student-athlete in program history to compete in four NCAA Regionals. She also became the first student-athlete in program history to compete in four American Athletic Conference Championships. Megan completed her college career as the University’s record holder with two tournament titles, 9,801 strokes, 132 rounds played and 16 Top-Ten finishes. The Texan was named American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week three times. She has also shot three coveted hole-in-ones, all of which were captured within a two month period. She has been off to a stellar start with her professional career by earning a tournament top ten finish as well as a top fifteen finish. Currently Megan is practicing and will compete in qualifying stages in order to reach the LPGA tour.
~ Megan Thothong