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U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’ Premier International Team Competition

June 6, 2008 11:05 AM

The USTA announced the team coaches and players that will represent the United States at the 2008 Invacare World Team Cup.

The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from 34 countries around the globe, June 9th – 15th in Cermona, Italy alongside the River Po at the Canottieri Baldesio and Canottieri Bissolati facilities.

Representing the United States at the 2008 Invacare World Team Cup will be:

Men’s Team
Dan James (Coach) - Oakdale, Minn.
Lee Hinson - Jacksonville, Fla.
Jon Rydberg - Oakdale, Minn.
Steve Welch - Bedford, Texas

Women’s Team
Paul Walker (Coach) - Lakeland, Fla.
Beth Arnoult - Paia, Hawaii
Karin Korb - Atlanta, Ga.
Kaitlyn Verfuerth - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Quad Team
Jason Harnett (Coach) - Irvine, Calif.
Brent Poppen - Paso Robles, Calif.
Nick Taylor - Wichita, Kan.
David Wagner - Hillsboro, Ore.

Junior’s Team
Keri Preng (Coach) - Cold Spring, Ky.
Emmy Kaiser - Ft. Mitchell, Ky.
Dylan Levine - Paramus, N.J.
Dana Mathewson - San Diego, Calif.
Mackenzie Soldan - Louisville, Ky.

The United States Quad Team will look to bring home gold for the fourth year in a row at the World Team Cup Event. Current team members David Wagner and Nick Taylor were integral in all three of the previous victories starting in 2005.

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 wheelchair rankings, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes, and selecting teams to compete internationally for the United States.

 

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