U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’

Premier International Team Competition, May 13-18, in Ramat Hasharon, Israel

ORLANDO, Fla., May 7, 2019 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 13-18, at the Larry and Mary Greenspon Israel Tennis Centre in Ramat Hasharon, Israel.

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis Cup and Fed Cup of wheelchair tennis. The inaugural event was held in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000, respectively. The event has experienced continued growth since.

A total of 44 teams representing 24 countries will take part in the 2019 competition in Israel. Teams will compete in four separate divisions: women’s (12 nations), quad (8 nations), men’s (16 nations) and junior event (8 nations). The American quad team will look to improve on their past two years bronze medal performances while the women will look to improve on their seventh place finish. The men’s team will once again be back in the world group after the Americans qualified back into the world group after falling out of the top twelve two years ago.

Representing the U.S. at the 2019 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be:

Women’s Team

  • Paul Walker, Coach (Lakeland, Fla.)

  • Shelby Baron (Honolulu)

  • Dana Mathewson (San Diego)

  • Mackenzie Soldan (Orlando, Fla.)

Quad Team

  • John Devorss, Coach (Portland, Ore.)

  • Bryan Barten (Tucson, Ariz.)

  • Greg Hasterok (Chula Vista, Calif.)

  • Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.)

  • David Wagner (Walla Walla, Wash.)

Men’s Team

  • Jon Rydberg, Coach (Woodbury, Minn.)
  • Chris Herman (Gulfport, Fla.)

  • Jason Keatseangsilp (Tucson, Ariz.)

  • Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, Kan.)

  • Conner Stroud (Rutherfordton, N.C.)

Team Leaders

  • Jason Harnett, Head Coach (Orlando, Fla.)

  • Jason Allen, Team Manager (Orlando, Fla.)

Team Support

  • Jenna Street, USOC Trainer/Physio (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

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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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network.

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