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Phoenix Mercury to Hold Tryouts for Male Practice Squad on April 20

April 9, 2019 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Phoenix Mercury News Release

PHOENIX - The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury is looking for skilled male basketball players to try out for the team's 2019 Male Practice Squad, brought to you by Steward Health Care, on Saturday, April 20 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The tryout will take place on the Annexus Practice Court and will last approximately one hour with two sessions to choose from (9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.).

Those interested in trying out must be at least 18 years of age, and are encouraged to sign-up online at PhoenixMercury.com/mps. Tryouts are free and complimentary parking will be available in the Talking Stick Resort Arena garage (on 1st Street, just south of Jefferson).

Tryouts will be led by Mercury assistant coach Julie Hairgrove and all participants in attendance will receive a free "Male Practice Squad" jersey. An image of the reversible jersey is below. The Male Practice Squad will be comprised of approximately 10-15 players who will get the unique opportunity to practice against WNBA all-time leading scorer Diana Taurasi, 2017 scoring champion Brittney Griner and the rest of the 2019 team. Women are also invited to participate, but under league rules, any woman trying out is auditioning for the Mercury roster.

After coming within one win of a trip to the WNBA Finals, the Phoenix Mercury return in 2019 in search of a league-record tying fourth WNBA title. Led by the All-Star trio of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix opens its title quest on May 25 at Seattle on ABC. Tickets for Fry's Food Stores Opening Night on Friday, May 31, at Talking Stick Resort Arena can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.

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