Homestead set to play host to US Open National Playoffs qualifier featuring top local talent

Recent SM East graduate Jack Santilli is among the local players competing in the US Open National Playoffs USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament at Homestead.
Recent SM East graduate Jack Santilli is among the local players competing in the US Open National Playoffs USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament at Homestead.

Some of the best young tennis players in the Kansas City area — and from around the country — will convene on the courts at Homestead Country Club starting Thursday for this year’s US Open National Playoffs USTA Missouri Valley Sectional Qualifying Tournament.

The tournament, which offers competitors the chance to earn a berth in a tournament this fall that serves as a qualifier for the U.S. Open, will feature 81 burgeoning players. Thirty-six of the competitors are from the Kansas City metro, including several local high school standouts.

Among the local players in this year’s field are:

  • Westwood resident and SM East graduate Jack Santilli, this year’s Kansas 6A runner up, who will be playing at Cleveland State University next year.
  • Alexa Tiefel, the Leawood resident and recent Blue Valley High School graduate who will play at the college level for Coastal Carolina University next fall.
  • Max Kurzban, the Blue Valley West junior who just won the Kansas 6A singles title by defeating Santilli.

Eric Quigley, currently ranked 213 in the world, is the top seed in the men’s singles bracket. Last year’s men’s singles champion, University of Nebraska graduate Dusty Boyer, is set to play as well.

The matches start at 8 a.m. Thursday and will run through Saturday, when the championship rounds will be played.