(Sept. 15, 2016) SUMMERLIN – Several top American women’s tennis players and the defending champion lead a talented group of players entered in this year’s eighth annual Red Rock Pro Open, taking place at the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin.
This year’s Red Rock Pro Open, a USTA Women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit tournament with WTA players ranging in the world rankings from No. 110 to No. 275, will include 64 singles players (32 qualifying and 32 main draw), and a 16-team doubles draw, according to tournament director Mike Copenhaver.
“Once again this year we will see the best and brightest of the USTA Pro Circuit, including some of the rising stars in women’s tennis,” said Copenhaver, who is the director of tennis at Red Rock Country Club. “The players love coming to Las Vegas, and our fans in this community can’t wait to welcome them and see some high-level professional women’s tennis.”
Mandy Minella from Luxembourg will be top-seeded and is ranked 110 in the WTA world rankings. She will be followed by No. 2 Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium (No. 112), No. 3 Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay (No. 123), No. 4 American Jennifer Brady (No. 124), No. 5 American Julia Boserup (No. 127), and No. 6 Amra Sadikovic of Switzerland (No. 131).
Minella has won two doubles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as nine singles and five doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. Her career high in singles is No. 66. She has played in the main draw of each of the Grand Slams, and she reached the third round of the US Open in 2010 and 2012.
Van Uytvanck is 22 years old and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 41 last year. She has won one WTA singles 125,000 title on the WTA tour, as well as nine singles titles and one doubles title on the ITF tour in her career.
Brady is a former NCAA singles champion from UCLA, and Boserup turned heads this summer when she advanced to the third round at Wimbledon. She recently competed in US Open qualifying.
American’s Jessica Pegula (No. 138 in the world), Taylor Townsend (No. 146) are also expected to play in Las Vegas once again.
Last year’s Red Rock Pro Open singles champion Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands is in the main draw, and is currently ranked No. 156 in the world.
American teenager C.C. Bellis is now a freshman at Stanford, but is scheduled to make a Las Vegas appearance. She qualified for the US Open last month, before falling in the third round. At the age of 15 two years ago, Bellis won the USTA Girls 18s national championship and became the youngest American to win a match at the US Open in nearly 30 years.
American Sachia Vickery returns to the main draw, as does Las Vegas resident Jovana Jaksic, who represents Serbia.
Notables in qualifying include American Maria Sanchez, 2013 Las Vegas winner Melanie Oudin, top American junior Raveena Kingsley and Japan’s Ayaka Okuno, who is coached by musical icon Redfoo.
Formerly the Party Rock Open in conjunction with Redfoo, the tournament returned in 2014 to the intimate setting at Red Rock Country Club.
Premier Sponsors include: Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas, Storage One, Sunrise Hospital, Lotus Broadcasting, Cox Communications, WG Communications, Char Luxury Realty, USTA Nevada, SNH Inc., Rachel’s Kitchen, Marquis Aurbach Coffing, FedEx, and Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers.
Support sponsors include: Darren Cahill, Marcy Saxe, Guild Mortgage Company, Allstate Insurance agent Dwain Frazier, State Farm insurance agent Kate Lowe, The Massage Advantage, Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman and Rapkin, Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, Dr. Mir Majeed, Juverest and Sleep Master.
Copenhaver said a FREE Kid’s Day event will take place one again on Sunday Sept. 25th sponsored in part by Sunrise Children’s Hospital with guest by Celebrate Kid’s, Popcorn Girl and Kona Ice.
A sponsor Pro-Am will be held on Monday, Sept. 26, and the always popular Players’ Party is Tuesday night, Sept. 27. There will also be a tournament wild card tournament Sept. 17-18.
For ball kid information or to volunteer, go to: redrockproopen.com/volunteer; to sponsor the tournament, go to: redrockproopen.com/sponsors or contact Copenhaver at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete schedule of events, go to: redrockproopen.com/schedule.