Tennis players from across the region looking for their shot at the dream of playing in the U.S. Open are again converge on Prairie Village starting today.
Homestead Country Club is for the second year in a row playing host to the U.S. Open National Playoffs Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying tournament, which will run through this weekend. More than 50 players from as far south as Carmine, Tex., and as far north as Ham Lake, Minn., are registered to play in the event.
The USONPs are a series of tournaments that give amateurs ages 14 and above the chance to earn a spot in the U.S. Open. The winners of each sectional qualifier earn the right to compete in the U.S. Open National Playoffs Championships in New Haven, Conn., in August. The male and female singles winners of that tournament as well as the winning mixed doubles team all earn the right to play in the U.S. Open in New York this September.
Thursday will feature opening round matches for those players who didn’t earn a first round draw, as well as second round matches. Quarter- and semi-final play will be Friday.
Local competitors include: Elizabeth Barnickel of Leawood; Jack and Kimberly Bastable of Leawood; Trey Daniel of Leawood; Sara Goodwin of Mission Hills; John Goodwin of Mission Hills; Wiliam Richardson of Leawood; and Kate Vialle of Leawood.
The events are open to public spectators. For more information about the draws and times, visit the USTA’s event website here.