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Party Rock Open debuts in Las Vegas

September 25, 2012 08:10 AM
Tournament sponsor Redfoo poses with fans on kids' day.
By Steve Pratt, special to USTA.com
LAS VEGAS – The Party Rock Open final round of qualifying and main-draw first round are taking place on Tuesday at the Darling Tennis Center. On Monday, the second round of qualifying took place, while more than 500 Las Vegas children took part in the free Cox Kids’ Day, and on Sunday, the opening round of qualifying was held.
Tournament sponsor Redfoo of the hit group LMFAO hosted the Player Party on Monday night at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and Marquee Club and will take part in a pro-am on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. local time, taking place at Darling and complementing a full schedule of events all week.
The Party Rock Open is a women’s $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event. A full Party Rock atmosphere will be in effect all week, with deejay sets taking place Wednesday through Friday prior to the featured 6 p.m. night matches on the 3,000-capacity stadium court.
Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania is the top-seeded player in the tournament. Currently ranked No. 114 in the world, she will face No. 211 seed, Slovenia’s Petra Rompre, in the first round in Tuesday’s night match.
The No. 7-seeded Mallory Burdette, who won two rounds at the US Open this year and recently turned pro after starring at Stanford, will play the second match on Tuesday on Stadium Court. Matches begin at 11 a.m. Burdette, who lost to Maria Sharapova in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the year's final Grand Slam tournament, received a wild card into the Open based on her USTA Pro Circuit results this summer, which included her first career title at the $100,000 event in Vancouver. She also reached the second round of the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in Stanford, Calif., in her WTA debut. Burdette played for Stanford the last three years, clinching the NCAA team title as a freshman in 2010, winning the NCAA doubles crown in 2011 and 2012, and reaching the final of the 2012 NCAA singles, where she fell to teammate and doubles partner Nicole Gibbs.
Americans in the main draw include No. 5-seeded Irina Falconi and former USC All-American Maria Sanchez. Also in the main draw is Lauren Davis, an 18-year-old from Cleveland, who this year qualified for the main draw and reached the second round of the French Open and reached the second round of qualifying at the US Open. On the USTA Pro Circuit, Davis won a $25,000 event in Plantation, Fla., in January, and this spring reached the semifinals at $50,000 events in Dothan, Ala., and Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.
Joining Davis in the main draw is fellow 18-year-old Grace Min of Atlanta. The 2011 US Open girls’ singles champion, Min has won three USTA Pro Circuit titles this year, including back-to-back wins on clay at the $50,000 event in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., and the $25,000 tournament in Raleigh, N.C. She trains at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
Receiving a main-draw wild card into the Party Rock Open is Samantha Crawford, who arrives in Las Vegas after winning the 2012 US Open girls’ singles title. Crawford also qualified for the women’s main draw at the US Open as a wild card, making her one of only 13 qualifying wild cards to advance to the main draw in US Open history. As a junior player, Crawford won the USTA Girls’ 18s doubles title in 2011 and 2012 and is currently ranked a career-high No. 5 in the world junior rankings. She trains at the USTA Training Center Headquarters in Boca Raton.
Also in the field this week is Alison Riske, who has established herself as a steady presence near the world’s top 200. This year, Riske qualified for the Australian Open and two WTA events, which comes on the heels of a successful 2011, in which she reached the quarterfinals of the WTA event in Birmingham, England, and played in the main draws of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Other Americans in the main draw are: 18-year-old Jessica Pegula, who is the daughter of Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula and who advanced to the round of 16 in women’s doubles at the 2011 US Open and reached the final of the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Vancouver this summer for the first professional final of her career; Chichi Scholl, who won the first two singles titles of her career on the USTA Pro Circuit in 2011 and has been ranked as high as No. 164; Madison Brengle, the former Australian Open and Wimbledon junior finalist who earlier this year won her third career USTA Pro Circuit title at the $25,000 event in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; and Sanchez, who just last weekend beat Davis to win her first $75,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in New Mexico.
Julia Boserup, who won her first professional title in 2011 at the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Redding, Calif., and added a second title earlier this year at the $25,000 event in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., before being sidelined with stress fractures in both feet; and Ashley Weinhold, the 2007 USTA Girls’ 18s national champion, who won her second professional title in 2011 at the $25,000 event in Rancho Mirage, Calif. 
Another main-draw wild card is Allie Will, an All-American and the No. 1 singles player for the University of Florida, who led the Gators to the NCAA team title in 2011 and to the team semifinals in 2012. Will reached the final of the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Redding, Calif., earlier this month. Chelsey Gullickson, the 2010 NCAA champion for the University of Georgia, also will receive a wild card. She is the daughter of former major league baseball pitcher Bill Gullickson. 
The tournament has announced the following "theme" nights and schedule of events. (Note: Subject to change.)
Tuesday, Sept. 25
Pro-Am featuring Redfoo and Opening Night Main Draw Kickoff Celebration at 6 p.m. 
  • Final round of qualifying, main draw singles and doubles: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Featured singles night match: 6:00 p.m.
  • Tournament Pro-Am featuring Redfoo and tournament pros: 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26 
American Cancer Society Awareness Night. By entering the code ACS on the www.partyrockopen.com website, half of the ticket price will be donated to the Las Vegas American Cancer Society chapter throughout the entire tournament. 
  • Main-draw singles and doubles: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Featured singles night match: 6 p.m.
  • Deejay Set: Beginning at 5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 27
The Party Rock Open honors those serving at nearby Nellis Air Force Base with Military Appreciation Night. Any former or active military members can present ID and gain free admission into the tournament. 
  • Second Round Singles and Doubles: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Featured singles night match: 6 p.m.
  • Deejay Set: Beginning at 5 p.m. 
Friday, Sept. 28 
Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas Night. By entering the code BGC on the www.partyrockopen.com website, half of the ticket price will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas throughout the entire tournament. 
  • Singles Quarterfinals: Doubles Semifinals 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Featured singles night match: 6 p.m.
  • Deejay set: Beginning at 5 p.m. 
Semifinal Saturday, Sept. 29 
USTA Appreciation Night. Las Vegas USTA league teams and junior and senior competitors will be recognized. 
  • Singles Semifinals: 4 and 6:30 p.m.
  • USTA League Day 
Championship Sunday, Sept. 30 
  • Doubles Final: 11 a.m.
  • Singles Final: 1 p.m.
  • Trophy Presentation/Closing Ceremonies 
Italy’s Romina Oprandi, currently ranked No. 59 in the WTA world rankings, captured the title in 2011, while top-25 player and U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko was 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. 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, Marty Hennessey Foundation, Ryan Wolfington, Solinco strings, Western Cab Company, Marquis Aurbach and Coffing, www.10sBalls.com, ASICS and Perrier water.
For a closer look at the tournament, see this story in Monday’s Las Vegas Journal-Review by Steve Carp.
Follow along on Twitter @partyrockopen and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/partyrockopen.com.


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