Party Rock Open - Las Vegas, USA
LAS VEGAS, USA: The ITF Pro Circuit will be back in Las Vegas with a $50,000 tournament for a sixth successive year. This tournament staged, as it was in 2012, at the Darling Tennis Center, formerly the host site for the ATP Tennis Channel Open, will see players in action over 23-29 September with qualifying taking place this coming weekend.
The Party Rock Open is Las Vegas’ only professional tennis tournament, and is named for LMFAO’s Redfoo and his Party Rock franchise’s title sponsorship. LMFAO was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, and Redfoo is often seen supporting 2-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.
This year’s tournament features an impressive global player field including rising American talent Taylor Townsend, the 2012 Australian Open junior champion and the year-end world No.1 ranked junior player.
2012 runner-up, Shelby Rogers, returns and in the absence of the defending champion, Lauren Davis, will be among the favourites to take the title.
Other notable entrants include Tamira Paszek of Austria, who has good Grand Slam credentials having reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2012; Eleni Daniilidou of Greece, winner of eleven ITF Pro Circuit and five WTA Tour singles titles during her career; Portuguese star Michelle Larcher De Brito, who upset Maria Sharapova this summer at Wimbledon and Melanie Oudin, who made a memorable run to the US Open quarterfinals in 2009 as a 17-year-old.
Girls’ 18s US National Champion Sachia Vickery, who advanced to the second round at this year’s US Open as a wild card, leads the list of qualifying players.
Other qualifiers include 2012 US Open junior champ Samantha Crawford, Las Vegas’ very own Asia Muhammad, and Allie Kiick, the daughter of former Miami Dolphins running back Jim Kiick.
The Party Rock Open has served as a showcase for emerging stars during its tenure in Las Vegas, and counts several alumni in the top 50 in the world, including Jamie Hampton, Sorana Cirstea, and US Olympian Varvara Lepchenko.
"There is no doubt that the next great generation of players will once again be on display at the Party Rock Open," said Co-Tournament Director Jordan Butler, who also noted that the night matches at Darling create a spectacular setting for fans.
Added tournament founder Tyler Weekes: "It’s time to Party Rock, Vegas pro tennis style."
The qualifying action begins Sunday, 22 September, and is free of charge to attend. Monday, 23 September, is also free to the public.
Las Vegas area youth are also encouraged to attend the tournament's annual Kids' Day on Sunday, which will feature free tennis clinics, games, and more.
The tournament’s official website is www.partyrockopen.com.
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