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The Party Rock Open final round of qualifying and main draw first round will take place on Tuesday at the Darling Tennis Center. Second round of qualifying took place on Monday while more than 500 Las Vegas children took part in the free Cox Kids' Day and opening round of qualifying on Sunday.

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. taking place at Darling 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 lost to Maria Sharapova in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Burdette received a wild card into 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 last month. 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 of 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.