Manhattan Beach Open has IMG, AVP approval

0803-kerri-walsh_vgThe Manhattan Beach Open volleyball tournament reached deals with IMG and the AVP Tour to continue as a high-level event scheduled for Aug. 23-25 with all the top U.S. talent.

IMG and AVP will also add the first Atlantic City event Sept. 6-8 under the agreement announced today, bringing the AVP tour to seven events and $1 million in prize money.

A year ago, the Manhattan Beach Open was part of the Jose Cuervo Professional Beach Volleyball Series. Sean Scott and John Hyden repeated as the men’s champions while Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik won the women’s title while many of the top U.S. players were in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Earlier this year,  Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, April Ross Jen Kessy, Jake Gibb, Sean Rosenthal and Nicole Branagh committed to playing on the reconstituted AVP tour this summer.

The AVP tour begins this weekend in Vail, Colorado, with the 41st annual “King of the Mountain” Open exhibition. The first official stop is Aug. 16-18 in Salt Lake City and ends Oct. 18-20 at Huntington Beach. CBS Sports Network has a deal to televise all the men’s and women’s finals.

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