Eric Quigley Qualifies for U.S. Open in Doubles

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky tennis alum Eric Quigley qualified for the U.S. Open in the doubles competition on Wednesday afternoon, winning a three-set affair in New Haven, Connecticut to advance into the grand slam.

Quigley and his doubles partner Nicolas Meister (USA) paired up to win the championship match of the US Open qualifying series’ Connecticut Open, 2-6, 6-3, 12-10 in a third set super tiebreak, as the Pewee Valley, Ky., native booked his first ticket to his nation’s national championship.

“We are all extremely proud of Eric,” UK head coach Cedric Kauffmann said. “Eric has worked hard to get to this spot and we are excited for him and his family to be able to watch him live out his dream of playing in the US Open next week.”

“I think it’s great,” former Kentucky head coach Dennis Emery said. “One of his goals since he was a young boy was to play in the US Open, and he deserves this opportunity. He has worked incredibly hard to get to this point, and we will all be rooting him on.”

Quigley is also still in the US Open playoff draw in the mixed doubles tonight, which would give him a spot in the US Open mixed doubles competition.

The US Open kicks off on Aug. 28 from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. The event will be exclusively televised by ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 with all-day coverage of all courts coming via the WatchESPN app.

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