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Redfoo to make bid for U.S. Open

Updated: March 15, 2013, 6:50 PM ET
Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rapper Redfoo of LMFAO and "Heroes" actor Sendhil Ramamurthy have entered the U.S. Open national playoffs in bids to earn berths in the final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

Redfoo is entered in the USTA Northern California Sectional qualifying tournament June 18-23 in Salinas, Calif.

He will play under his real name Stefan Gordy in singles, and mixed doubles with 17-year-old Ayaka Okuno, whom he is currently coaching.

Azarenka & Redfoo
Lucas Dawson/Getty ImagesRedfoo watched the men's final of the Aussie Open with Victoria Azarenka.

The 37-year-old rapper, dancer and DJ, whose father, Berry Gordy, founded the Motown record label, played tennis as a junior and has attended some of the Grand Slam tournaments.

He was at this week's Indian Wells, Calif., tournament to support friend Victoria Azarenka, the world's No. 2 player.

"It's always been a dream of mine to play professional tennis," Redfoo said.

Ramamurthy has entered singles and mixed doubles in the June 9-15 USTA Eastern Sectional qualifying tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center, where the U.S. Open will be held starting in late August.

The 38-year-old actor was a competitive junior player in Texas who considered turning pro.

The winners from each sectional qualifying tournament will advance to the national playoffs, and those winners will earn a wild card into the U.S. Open qualifying tournament.

The mixed doubles champions receive a wild card into the main draw of the U.S. Open.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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This is absolutely great marketing by... someone.  I imagine that the USTA asked RedFoo to enter the tournament to draw attention to it.  I think it would be fun to play in it, but there is a strange feeling entering a competition that you have no chance of winning.  I think the key is just to enjoy the process and not really concern yourself with the outcome.

Man that Draw SUCKS... its like a Draw of 250 players every year. I usually lose 3rd round in it.

Of course it has 250 players and of course we lose in it.  The guy that won it last year was a pro that was just below the qualifying tournament draw.  You should do it again and chronicle it here!  :)

The southwest section was won by Brian Battistone, you know the two-handled player.  His brother Dann is a member here. Here's the draw:

My buddy Ben lost in the first round in a third set tiebreak.  The kid that beat him lost easily to the finalist that lost easily to Battistone.  Quite a bit of talent in these playoffs - Redfoo doesn't stand a chance.

That is horrible and would never draw my attention. If anything, it would turn me off. I want to watch tennis not hear about idiots who wanna draw attention at any cost.

I hear you, but actually it just did draw attention, both negative and positive.  Here we are talking about the National Playoffs which otherwise would not be mentioned here.  So, it all goes back to all press is good press, or whatever that exact quote is.

Tim, are you going to give it a go?

Actually, I think the 1$ question is whether RedFoo is actually going to play and not back out at the last second!


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