The AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Pro
Beach Volleyball Tour officially announced that its 2013 tour will make a
stop at the Lindner Family Tennis Center over Labor Day weekend for the AVP
Cincinnati Open, August 30-September 2.
The announcement was made at a press conference on the
grounds of the Tennis Center that featured AVP star Todd Rogers, an Olympic
Gold Medalist and three-time champion at Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati Open marks the second stop on the
late-summer tour, which will be held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in
Mason, Ohio and will feature a field of 16 two-player men's teams and 16
two-player women's teams.
"I was so glad to see the Cincinnati Open on the 2013
schedule," Rogers said. "The tournament is always a first-class operation at
the Tennis Center. I've been fortunate enough to play beach volleyball in some
amazing places across the United States and around the world, but coming back to
the Lindner Family Tennis Center is a little bit like coming home for me. There
are a lot of memories here for me, so this is definitely a place I like to
The Labor Day weekend tournament will bring the best of
the beach to Cincinnati. AVP tournaments combine the fast-paced action of the
world's fittest male and female athletes jumping, spiking and diving in the
sand with a world-class beach-party atmosphere complete with great food, music
and a sponsor village filled with fun activities.
With the top beach volleyball players now under exclusive
contract to play in the AVP, Cincinnati will host the country's best including:
Players expected to appear in the Cincinnati Open include Olympic gold
medalists Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri
Walsh Jennings, Olympic silver medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross, and
Olympians Nicole Branagh, Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal.
"We've been working very hard to put together the best
possible tour for 2013, and we're confident that we'll have the country's best
players competing week in and week out on the AVP tour," said Donald Sun, Owner
of the AVP. "We're extremely appreciative of all the great people who have
helped us to bring back the Cincinnati Open to a community we know is
passionate about volleyball."
In addition to the field of world-class players signed by
the AVP, the tour announced it will hold a qualifying tournament to allow two
additional teams per gender to play their way into the main draw of the
tournament. The single-elimination qualifying tournament for the AVP Cincinnati
Open will be held Friday, August 30.
Tickets for the tournament will go on sale in Wednesday,
June 26 and can be purchased at www.AVP.com.
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