Two American Teenagers to Meet in Party Rock Open Final

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.

 

Las Vegas Past Champions

 

Singles

Year               Winner                                               Runner-up               

2011               Romina Oprandi                              Alexa Glatch

2010               Varvara Lepchenko (USA)             Sorana Cirstea (ROU)

2009               Regina Kulikova (RUS)                  Aniko Kapros (HUN)

2008               Camille Pin (FRA)                           Asia Muhammad (USA)

2007               Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)             Akiko Morigami (JPN)

1999               Erika de Lone (USA)                       Hila Rosen (ISR)

Doubles

Year               Winner

2011               Alexa Glatch, U.S. – Mashona Washington (USA)

2010               Lindsay Lee-Waters (USA) – Megan Moulton-Levy (USA)

2009               Aniko Kapros (HUN) – Agustina Lepore (ARG)

2008               Melinda Czink (HUN) – Renata Voracova (CZE)

2007               Victoria Azarenka (BLR) – Tatiana Poutchek (BLR)

1999               Erika de Lone (USA) – Annabel Ellwood (AUS)

 

Prize Money/Points – $50,000 Women

 

SINGLES:                 Prize Money             Points                       

Winner                       $7,315                                    70

Runner-up                $3,990                                    50

Semifinalist               $2,185                                    32

Quarterfinalist           $1,235                                    18

Round of 16              $760                                       10

Round of 32              $475                                       1

 

DOUBLES:               Prize Money (per team)

Winner                       $2,660

Runner-up                $1,425

Semifinalist               $760

Quarterfinalist           $380

Round of 16              $285

 

Tournament Co-Directors:                    Tyler Weekes  tyler@CourtThink.com

Jordan J. Butler, Esq. jordan@agentatleta.com 

 

Tournament Press Contact:                  Steve Pratt  310.408.4555, Sprattt@aol.com

 

Tournament Marketing/Sponsorship:   Terri Weisbord  702.806.9760 terriwgcommgroup@aol.com

 

USTA Pro Circuit

With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 33 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki, John Isner, Victoria Azarenka and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

The US Open Remembers 9/11

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Although this was Super Saturday at the US Open, it was also the ninth anniversary of September 11th. Even with tennis as the centerpiece in Flushing Meadows, a solemn air hung overhead and the USTA and athletes involved made sure it was remembered.

In the distance, the blue lights of the Twin Towers of Light shined to the stars and the Empire State Building was clad in red, white, and blue.

Ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Kahn sung “America The Beautiful” after a moment of silence. The flags in Arthur Ashe Stadium hung at half mast and after their matches Kim Clijsters and Rafael Nadal honored the victims.

“Nine years ago the world changed for everybody, and when I come to New York I think about 9/11,” Clijsters told the crowd after she won the US Open Women’s Title. “It was an honor to play here today and maybe give the people a distraction as well.”

Nadal also made sure he mentioned the victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

“I don’t want to forget, it’s a very special day for everybody. I want to express my support for the victims of 9/11 and their families,” World No.1 told the New York crowd after posting a 6-2 6-3 6-4 semi-final win over Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

“Nine/11 was a big shock for everybody in the world. Everybody remembers where they were at that moment, and I remember what happened that day and where I was.

“It was a terrible shock for me, especially because I was in the top of the twin towers a few months before.

“That’s just the minimum thing that I can say. All the support for the victims and for the families for sure is always in my mind.

“When I came back after the disaster, in the first six years, I always was there at Ground Zero every time watching that.

“So that’s probably the most impact view that I had in all my life.”