Courtesy: Bill Powell
Former UMKC Assistant Tennis Coach Cipulli Claims US Open Qualifier
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:06/18/2012
(Kansas City, Mo.)  - Former UMKC men's and women's assistant tennis coach Dante Cipulli won the men's bracket at the 2012 USTA Southern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament on June 15 at The Claremont Club in Claremont, Calif.

Cipulli, who served as an assistant at UMKC from 2007-2012, won the men's bracket and will now advance to the 2012 US Open National Playoffs Championships in New Haven, Conn., at Yale University on Aug. 17-20 for a chance to qualify for the 2012 US Open.

The 2012 USTA Southern California Sectional Qualifying Tournament is part of the US Open National Playoffs - a series of tournaments that gives any player 14 years of age or older who meets the eligibility requirements the opportunity to qualify for the 2012 US Open.  Thirteen USTA sections will run a Sectional Qualifying Tournament to include a men's singles, women's singles and mixed doubles division between April 1 and July 4.  With a maximum of a 256 singles draw and a 128 mixed doubles team draw, players/teams will compete in a single elimination draw.  Singles players will play to the best-of-three tiebreak sets and mixed doubles teams will play two tiebreak sets, no-ad scoring, with a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set.  Within each division, the top two players/teams will be seeded based on their ATP/WTA computer ranking (if any).  The winner of each Sectional Qualifying Tournament in each division (men's singles, women's singles, mixed doubles) will advance to the US Open National Playoffs Championships in their respective division taking place in New Haven, CT at Yale University during the New Haven Open at Yale, a WTA event, part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series (August 17-20 for singles, August 22-25 for mixed doubles).  The winner of each Singles Championship (1 male, 1 female) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2012 US Open Qualifying Tournament (August 21-24) and the winner of the Mixed Doubles Championship (1 team) will receive a wild card entry to compete in the 2012 US Open Mixed Doubles Championship (commencing August 29) at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Go to usopen.org/nationalplayoffs for additional information.

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