USA Tennis High Performance Wheelchair Tennis Players to Train at Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center

February 27, 2003 09:06 AM

The USOC Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. will serve as the training camp site for 30 of nation’s elite and emerging wheelchair tennis players from February 28 – March 2. The men, women and juniors participating will benefit from intensive, high-tech conditioning and training sessions as they prepare for the 2003 competitive season. The players participating in the training include six competitors from the USTA Southern Section. Below is the USA Tennis High Performance Wheelchair roster (players from the USTA Southern Sections denoted in RED):

Gold Medal Men
Dan James (Coach), Northfield, Minn.
Derek Bolton, Alamosa, Colo.
John Greer, Kaneohe, Hawaii
Larry Quintero, San Antonio, Texas
Jon Rydberg, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Steve Welch, Bedford, Texas

Gold Medal Women
Jim Buck (Coach), Woodland Hills, Calif.
Beth Arnoult, Kula, Hawaii
Sharon Clark, San Jose, Calif.
Julia Dorsett, Boca Raton, Fla.
Karin Korb, Atlanta, Ga.
Hope Lewellen, Palos Park, Ill.
Kaitlyn Verfuerth, Port Washington, Wis.

Gold Medal Quad
Jason Harnett (Coach), Irvine, Calif.
Rick Draney, Oceanside, Calif.
David Jordan, Chapel Hill, Tenn.
Chris Studwell, Las Vegas, Nev.
Nick Taylor, Wichita, Kan.
David Wagner, Oro Valley, Ariz.
Kevin Whalen, Birmingham, Ala.

Futures Men
Michael Mercier (Coach), Beverly, Mass.
Danny Fik, Highland, Calif.
Tony Lara, Chino, Calif.
Paul Moran, Glenview, Ill.
Zack Sikora, Columbus, Ohio
Michael Weise, Upland, Calif.

Futures Women
Michael Cottingham (Coach), Tucson, Ariz.
Tiffany Geller, Duluth, Ga.
Amy McKnight, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Dana Meyer, Birmingham, Ala.
Kirsten Mohr, Tucson, Ariz.
Elizabeth Williams, Durham, N.C.

Futures Quad
Kari Yerg-McGinn (Coach), Boca Raton, Fla.
Bryan Barten, Tucson, Ariz.
Lylah Hill, Alta Loma, Calif.
Marc McLean, Cape Coral, Fla.
Jeffrey Odom, Tucson, Ariz.
Robbie Sanders, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The season culminates with the 2003 Invacare World Team Cup by Camozzi, the international team wheelchair tennis competition for men and women. Participants from over 32 countries will compete June 9-15 in Sopot, Poland in this ITF tournament.

“The USTA strives to provide all our athletes with the very best opportunities to reach their highest potential,” said Rick Ferman, Executive Director, USTA. “The USOC Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is one of the premier, state-of-the-art training facilities in the world, and the experience of training there will give our teams a wonderful opportunity to bring the World Team Cup home to America.”

“Bringing players of all abilities and backgrounds into tennis and offering them the resources necessary to stay in the game is a top priority for the USTA,” said Tom Fetzer, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “As the national governing body for Paralympic wheelchair tennis, we are proud that our partnership with the USOC will give provide world-class athletes to train together under the very best coaching.”

“This is the type of quality training and coaching we want for all of our Paralympic-caliber athletes,” said Charlie Huebner, Executive Director, U.S. Paralympics. “We are pleased to partner with USTA and to tap into their expertise as our athletes continue to prepare for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.”

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition.

As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing the ranking systems, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes and coaches, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the United States and is a non-profit organization with more than 660,000 members. It owns and operates the US Open and selects the teams that compete in Davis Cup, Fed Cup and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels.