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Party Rock Open Returns to Las Vegas Sept. 23-29

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LAS VEGAS (Sept. 14, 2013) – The fifth annual USTA $50,000 Pro Circuit women’s event in Las Vegas will return Sept. 23-29 to the Darling Tennis Center, formerly the host site for the ATP Tennis Channel Open.

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 has been linked to U.S. Open Finalist Victoria Azarenka.

This year’s tournament features an impressive global player field. Top seed Andrea Hlavackova (lav-atch-KO-va) of the Czech Republic will be making her Party Rock Open debut fresh off capturing the U.S. Open Women’s and Mixed doubles titles.

Another force to be reckoned with is Tamirz Paszek from Austria, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2012.

Other notable entrants include Eleni Daniilidou from Greece, winner of five WTA singles titles during her career; Portugese star Michelle Larcher De Brito, who upset Maria Sharapova this summer at Wimbledon; budding American talent Taylor Townsend, the 2012 Australian Open junior champion; and Melanie Oudin, who made a memorable run to the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 2009 as a 17-year-old.

Girls’ 18s U.S. National Champion Sachia Vickery, who advanced to the second round at this year’s U.S. Open as a wild card, leads the list of qualifying players.

Other qualifiers include 2012 US Open junior champ Samantha Crawford, Las Vegas’ 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 top Jamie Hampton, Sorana Cirstea, and U.S. 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.”

Qualifying action begins Sunday, Sept. 22, and is free of charge to attend. Monday, Sept. 23, 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. Follow along on Twitter @partyrockopen and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/partyrockopen.com.

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2013 US Open National Playoffs Update – Redfoo to Compete This Week

Victoria Azarenka and Redfoo

(June 17, 2013) This week, musical artist and tennis fan Redfoo, of LMFAO, will be competing in the USTA Northern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament. The NorCal sectional qualifier is being held in Salinas, Calif., and Redfoo will play his singles match on Wednesday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. local time.

 

In addition, the USTA Eastern, USTA Southern California and USTA New England sectional qualifying tournaments were completed this past weekend, advancing 11 additional players to the 2013 US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships in August.

 

LAST WEEK’S RECAP

 

USTA Eastern

 

In the USTA Eastern tournament held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center—the home of the US Open—in Flushing, N.Y., Damon Gooch, 26, of Bethesda, Md., cruised past Richard Del Nunzio, 19, of Forest Hills, N.Y., 6-3, 6-0. Gooch last year won the USTA Mid-Atlantic Sectional Qualifying Tournament without dropping a set. A standout collegiate player at Elon University, Gooch has been a frequent competitor on the ITF Circuit and USTA Pro Circuit in recent years, winning a doubles event in Venezuela in 2010. He was a top-ranked junior in South Africa and competed for the South African junior team before coming to the U.S. for college.

 

In women’s singles, Magda Okruashvili, 23, of Brooklyn, N.Y., won the Eastern event for the second consecutive year, defeating Alanna Wolff, 18, of Perth Amboy, N.J., 6-0, 6-4. Okruashvili is originally from the country of Georgia and moved to the United States in 2006, where she trains at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. She is currently an assistant tennis coach at ASA College in Brooklyn, where she is also studying for a degree in criminal justice.

 

In the mixed doubles final, Tarakaa Bertrand, 26, of Jamaica, N.Y., and Sam Sweeney, 25, of New York City, won the title, defeating last year’s USTA Eastern mixed doubles winners Alison Adamski and Keith Kessler in a tight 7-6(5), 4-6, [10-5], match. Bertrand played for Vanderbilt, and Sweeney played at North Central College in Illinois and was ranked No. 5 among Division III players in singles.

 

USTA Southern California

 

The men’s final of the USTA Southern California tournament in Claremont, Calif., pitted two standout junior boyss. In the final, Mackenzie McDonald, 18, of Piedmont, Calif., and JC Aragone, 17, of Yorba Linda, Calif., faced off with Aragone prevailing, 6-4, 6-4. McDonald and Aragone were doubles partners in the 2013 Easter Bowl, where the duo reached the final. Prior to the Easter Bowl, Aragone won the 2011 USTA Boys’ 16s National Championships. In 2012, however, Aragone suffered a variety of health problems, including kidney and liver failure, after an allergic reaction to medications for the flu. He was then diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Aragone has played in numerous junior events around the world and this year reached the third round of the USTA International Spring Championships in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles (with McDonald).

 

McDonald will still get a chance to compete in the US Open, however, after winning the mixed doubles title with partner Chanelle Van Nguyen, 19, of Coconut Grove, Fla. McDonald and Van Nguyen defeated current USC standout Kaitlyn Christian and 2012 USTA Southern California sectional qualifying singles winner Dante Cipulli, 6-3, 7-6(4), in the final. Van Nguyen is a current standout for UCLA and was also a Top 50 junior. She played in the junior US Open twice and lists playing on stadium court at the US Open as her greatest thrill.

 

No. 1 seed Mayo Hibi, 17, of Irvine, Calif., did not drop one set en route to winning the women’s singles title, defeating No. 2 seed Elizabeth Lumpkin, 27, of Naperville, Ill., 6-3, 6-1, to capture her second consecutive USTA Southern California sectional qualifier women’s singles title. Hibi, who competes for Japan, won the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit singles title in Las Cruces, N.M., this year, where she also reached the doubles title. She also captured the $10,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Hilton Head Island, S.C., last year. As a junior player, Hibi is ranked No.  67 in the ITF World Junior Rankings after winning the 2013 Easter Bowl singles title and the USTA International Spring Championships in back-to-back weeks in April.

 

USTA New England

 

In the USTA New England tournament in New Haven, Conn., Nolan Paige, 19, of Fairfield, Conn., captured the New England singles title for the third time in four years. Paige defeated Bryant University standout Dana Parziale, 21, of Cumberland, R.I., 6-0, 7-6, in the final. Paige plays for Stanford and was named the ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year this past season. He was one of New England’s top juniors, climbing to No. 5 in the USTA national junior rankings in 2010; he lost just one singles match during his high school career.

 

In the women’s final, Meghan Kelley, 15, of Falmouth, Maine, defeated Dayna Lord, 17, of Bloomfield, Conn., in a tight match, 5-7, 6-1, 7-6. Kelley, one of the youngest competitors in this year’s competition, has been ranked in the Top 20 in the USTA National Girls’ 14s rankings and won the Girls’ 16s doubles title at the 2012 USTA National Clay Court Championships. Kelley trains at the Manchester Athletic Club in Massachusetts and has also received tennis lessons from Nick Bollettieri. Lord has committed to playing at Brown University.

 

Kelley also won the mixed doubles title with Daniel Quiceno, 33, of Beverly, Mass., defeating Marjorie Ondeck and Benjamin Zuckerberg, 6-4, 6-2. Quiceno, who teaches at Manchester Athletic Club and once worked at the Bollettieri Academy, was the No. 1 junior in Colombia and starred at Troy University. He has been a hitting partner for Tommy Haas and Maria Sharapova.

 

The winners or top available finishers from each of the 13 sectional qualifying tournaments held throughout the spring and summer advance to the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles Championships, to be held during the New Haven Open at Yale, an Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s event, in August. The US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champions receive a main draw wild card into the 2013 US Open, while the men’s and women’s singles champions earn a wild card into the US Open Qualifying Tournament held the week prior to the US Open.

NEXT EVENTS

 

•   The USTA Northern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Salinas, will take place June 19-22, at Chamisal Tennis Club.

 

Redfoo, best known as part of the musical duo LMFAO and the hit songs “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy and I Know It,” will compete in Salinas in singles and mixed doubles. In addition to music, Redfoo is also involved with tennis as a player, fan, coach, and tournament sponsor. Redfoo played tennis as a junior and can be seen as a frequent spectator at Grand Slam tournaments. He also sponsored a USTA Pro Circuit women’s event in Las Vegas last fall, titled “The Party Rock Open” after his Party Rock clothing line.

 

Redfoo, who is entered under his given name Stefan Gordy, will be playing singles and mixed doubles with 17-year-old Ayaka Okuno, of Japan, whom he coaches. Okuno is ranked in the Top 50 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and recently competed in the junior French Open.

Redfoo’s singles match will be held at 5:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, June 19, and his mixed doubles match will be held on Thursday.

 

•   The USTA Northern Sectional Qualifying Tournament in Minneapolis will take place June 20-24, at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center; the USTA Midwest tournament in Mason, Ohio, will take place June 22-25, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center; and the USTA Middle States Sectional Qualifying Tournament in West Windsor, N.J., will take place June 22-24, at Mercer County Park.

 

Visit www.USOpen.org/NationalPlayoffs for additional information on the US Open National Playoffs.

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Two American Teenagers to Meet in Party Rock Open Final

Photo by Craig Glover / Party Rock Open

By Steve Pratt
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 29, 2012) – Two American teenagers will meet for the inaugural Party Rock Open singles title, battling for the opportunity to be presented with the champion’s trophy by global celebrity Redfoo.
Shelby Rogers, 19, or Charleston, S.C., will take on 18-year-old No. 2-seed Lauren Davis of Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1 p.m. Sunday final at the Party Rock Open, a women’s $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event sponsored by Redfoo’s Party Rock clothing line.
Davis held on to beat Russian-born Australian Anastasia Rodionova, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 and Rogers beat qualifier Adriana Perez of Venezuela, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Just last week in the first round of the Albuquerque, N.M., USTA Pro Circuit event Davis beat Rogers 6-3 in the third. “The match went like three and a half hours,” Rogers said. “That was really a tough one to lose.”
In between the two semifinal matches on Saturday night, a festive crowd of approximately 1,000 looked on as Redfoo sung two of LMFAO’s chart-topping songs while a slew of kids stormed the stadium court at Darling Center in a Flash Mob dance-off.
“Tonight was really an unprecedented night in USTA women’s pro circuit history,” said co-tournament director Tyler Weekes. “We had a seven-time Grammy Award winner on our courts between matches singing his popular songs. It really was an amazing night.”
Added co-tournament director Jordan Butler: “Wow. Just check out our Facebook page to see the energy and excitement the Flash Mob created. Redfoo singing ‘I’m Sexy and I Know It’ and the ‘Party Rock Anthem.’ Las Vegas and the great tennis community here were treated to a special night tonight thanks Redfoo.”
In the doubles final to follow on Sunday, the top-seeded team of Anastasia Rodionova and Arina Rodionova will face Elena Bovina of Russia and Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania.
Log onto www.RadioTennis.com to hear Ken Thomas do his live Internet stream at the Patry Rock Open through Sunday.
Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Scores
q: qualifier; wc: wild card
Singles Quarterfinals
Shelby Rogers, U.S., def. Adriana Perez (q), Venezuela, 7-6 (5), 6-2
Lauren Davis (2), U.S., def. Anastasia Rodionova (4), Australia, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4
Sunday’s Finals Schedule
Stadium Court starting at 1 p.m.
Lauren Davis (2), U.S., vs. Shelby Rogers, U.S.
Followed by Doubles Finals
Anastasia Rodionova, Australia-Arina Rodionova (1), Russia, vs. Elena Bovina, Russia-Edina Gallovits-Hall (4), Romania,
The tournament’s official website is www.partyrockopen.com. To learn more about Redfoo and Party Rock Clothing, go to www.partyrockclothing.com.
The Party Rock Open is presented by Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, Las Vegas’ premier orthopedics group. Other sponsors include: USTA-Nevada, CourtThink, LLC, Agent Atleta, Ltd., WG Communications Group, Cox Communications, ESPN 1110 AM, The Point 97.1, 98.5 KLUC, your local All State Insurance agent Dwain Frazier, Marty Hennessey Foundation, Ryan Wolfington, Granello Bakery, Solinco strings, Western Cab Company, Marquis Aurbach and Coffing, www.10sBalls.com, ASICS, Marcy Saxe at Realty One Group, and Perrier water.
Follow along on Twitter @partyrockopen and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/partyrockopen.com.
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Party Rock Open Player Field Announced

LAS VEGAS (Sept. 15, 2012) – A strong contingent of young American players heads up a talented international field set to play in the inaugural Party Rock Open being hosted by Redfoo from the hit music group LMFAO Sept. 23-30 at Darling Tennis Center.
 
Fresh off the US Open where he was a guest in Victoria Azarenka’s box for the ladies’ final, Redfoo and the Party Rock Open will welcome a slew of rising American talent, including teenager Lauren Davis, NCAA Champion Nicole Gibbs, and Pan-Am Games Gold Medalist Irina Falconi.
 
The women’s USTA Pro Circuit tournament will kick off with singles qualifying on Sunday, Sept. 23, where Redfoo plans to participate in free kids’ tennis clinics as part Cox Kids’ Day from noon to 3 p.m.
 
Romania’s Edina Gallovits-Hall is the highest ranked played and will likely be top-seeded coming in at No. 114 in the world. She is followed by Portugal’s Michelle Larcher De Brito (No. 120 in the world) and Davis who is currently No. 129. Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova (No. 130), Falconi (No. 147), and fellow American Alison Riske (No. 150) will all be seeded. Gallovits-Hall and Rodionova both reached the second round of the U.S. Open.
 
Former USC All-American Maria Sanchez, who has climbed over 500 spots in the world rankings (from 687 to 186) in her rookie season on tour in 2012, will also be featured.
 
Another notable entry in the main draw is Elena Bovina from Russia. The former WTA World No. 14 ranked player was also a 2002 US Open quarterfinalist
 
Gibbs, who captured the NCAA women’s singles title in June, is joined by her Stanford teammate, Mallory Burdette.  Burdette reached the third round of this year’s U.S. Open as a wild card. 
 
“We are excited about this year’s player field,” tournament co-director Jordan Butler said. “There are a number of up-and-coming players who are going to have bright careers, and many who have already been ranked inside the top 100, so it should be interesting.  The field is wide open and it’s a big opportunity for someone to break through.”
 
Now in its fourth year, the tournament has acted as a stepping stone for some of the top talent in women’s professional tennis.  Several players who have competed in Las Vegas since the event was founded in 2009 now find themselves amongst the world’s best, such as current Top 25 player and U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko, the 2010 champion. 
 
The tournament’s official website is www.partyrockopen.com. To learn more about Redfoo and Party Rock Clothing, go to www.partyrockclothing.com.
 
The Party Rock Open is presented by Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, Las Vegas’ premier orthopedics group.
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