Former college stars Nicolas Meister and Eric Quigley have graduated to the big time, prevailing Wednesday at the US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Doubles Championship, held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn.
Meister, a former UCLA standout, and Quigley, a former University of Kentucky star, won the championship match over Romanians Andrei Daescu and Costin Paval, 2-6, 6-3, [12-10]. With the victory, the American duo earned a wild card into the US Open men’s doubles draw.
They began their journey by winning the US Open National Playoffs Northern sectional qualifying tournament to advance to the championship round. Meister and Quigley then advanced to the Men's Championship final without dropping a set.
Meister has an ATP doubles ranking of No. 203 and Quigley is ranked No. 210. They teamed up in February to win the doubles title at the $100,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Dallas and at the $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in March in Calabasas, Calif. Meister has also won four additional doubles titles this year on the USTA Pro Circuit and ITF Circuit.
Meister will head to New York, while Quigley will stick around New Haven to compete in the US Open National Playoffs – Mixed Doubles Championship. He and fellow American Keri Wong are the top seeds in the mixed doubles draw.