(Prairie Village, Kan.) - Former UMKC tennis standout Patrick Smith will have a chance to qualify for the U.S. Open as he teamed with Nicole Melichar to win the mixed doubles bracket at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament at Homestead Country Club in Prairie Village, Kansas, June 26-29.
The pair advance to play in the U.S. Open National Playoffs August 20-23 in New Haven, Connecticut for the right to earn a bid to the U.S. Open. The champions will receive a main draw wild card into the 2014 US Open.
Smith (Munich, Germany), who played at UMKC from 2006-10, was the 2010 Summit League Player of the Year for the 'Roos as a senior. He also helped coach the 'Roos during the 2011-12 seasons.
"We really gelled as a team well in a short period of time," Smith said. "We played as many practice matches as we could, including some against other former UMKC players."
His partner, Melichar, has played professionally all over the world, and is currently ranked No. 162.
The duo took on Brian Battistone and Asia Muhammed in the finals, a very formiddable opponent. Battistone has been ranked as high as No. 88, while Muhammed at No. 120. Smith and Melichar won 6-1, 2-6, 10-2.
To get to the finals, they had to win three other matches, all of which were taken in straight sets.
This is the second straight year that Smith has won the Missouri Valley Sectional in mixed doubles, although with a different partner last summer.