The Association of Volleyball Professional (AVP) announced today that it will bring the best beach volleyball players in the world to Atlantic City for a tournament from Sept. 6 to 8.

The AVP will join with IMG Worldwide to produce the Atlantic City Beach Volleyball Tournament as part of seven stops on this year's AVP tour.

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Several of the world's top players signed exclusive deals with the AVP earlier this year including Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, April Ross, Jen Kessy, Jake Gibb, Sean Rosenthal and Nicole Branagh.

The AVP and IMG will also add a tour stop in Manhattan Beach, Calif., from Aug. 23 to 25.

“We are pleased to announce the IMG-AVP deal for the Manhattan Beach Open and Atlantic City,” said James Leitz, SVP, IMG Worldwide and executive producer of IMG’s beach volleyball events. “We view this agreement as a positive step for the sport -- that together with the AVP, we are pushing beach volleyball in the same direction. We can’t think of a better way to showcase the best beach volleyball players in the world than in Atlantic City through our new partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance.”

“We are excited to announce an alliance with IMG that adds two stops to our tour and showcases the best of the beach on both coasts,” said Donald Sun, AVP owner, in a statement. “We are equally as excited for what this partnership can mean for the fans, the athletes and the sponsors.”

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