Former Rebel Wins US Open National Playoff
Aug. 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV men's tennis standout Joel Kielbowicz teamed up with Jacqueline Cako on Saturday to win the US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championship.
Kielbowicz, a native of Henderson and graduate of Green Valley High School, was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference singles and doubles player during his four year career playing for the Rebels from 2003-06.
Playing today at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., he and Cako claimed the title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over sibling duo Ena and Shuhei Shibahara. The victory secured a wild card entry into the main draw of the mixed doubles even at the 2014 US Open, which gets underway on Monday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The appearance at the US Open will mark Kielbowicz' Grand Slam debut and Cako's first showing as a professional. She previously played the US Open girls' singles event in 2009, when she reached the second round.
Cako, 22, is a former All-American at Arizona State. She has been a standout on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning four Pro Circuit doubles in 2012 and climbing to No. 169 in the doubles rankings that year.
Kielbowicz, 31, peaked at No. 479 in the world doubles rankings in 2007 and has won seven Futures doubles titles. He closed his collegiate career at UNLV with a singles record of 52-39.