2014/08/01

Wheelchair Tennis – France and Netherlands Defend titles at BNP Paribas World Team Cup

BNP Paribas World Team Cup

(June 1, 2014) Sunday’s results from the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis event taking place in Alphen, Netherlands on 26 May-1 June. A total of 52 teams from 31 nations competed in four categories: men, women, quad and junior.

France successfully defended its BNP Paribas World Team Cup men’s World Group title by defeating Netherlands 2-0 in the final on Sunday while Netherlands retained its women’s World Group title following a 2-1 victory over Great Britain in the final. Britain emerged victorious in the quad category on Saturday, defeating USA 2-1 to claim their fourth title. Russia defeated Spain 2-1 to win its first junior title on Friday.

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place 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 ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.

For the latest news from the event, please visit: www.itftennis.com/wheelchair.

BNP PARIBAS WORLD TEAM CUP, ALPHEN, NETHERLANDS

RESULTS – 1st June

Men’s World Group – Final

FRANCE (1) defeated NETHERLANDS (2) 2-0
Nicolas Peifer (FRA) d. Tom Egberink (NED) 62 62
Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. Maikel Scheffers (NED) 63 62
Frederic Cattaneo/Stephane Houdet (FRA) v Tom Egberink/Maikel Scheffers (NED) not played

Men’s World Group – 3rd/4th place play-off

GREAT BRITAIN (4) defeated JAPAN (3) 2-1
Takashi Sanada (JPN) d. Marc McCarroll (GBR) 63 60
Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Takuya Miki (JPN) 64 46 64
Marc McCarroll/Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Satoshi Saida/Takashi Sanada (JPN) 61 62

Men’s World Group – promotion play-off

ARGENTINA defeated BRAZIL 2-1
Carlos Santos (BRA) d. Ezequiel Casco (ARG) 60 46 63
Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Daniel Rodrigues (BRA) 63 63
Ezequiel Casco/Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Rafael Medeiros/Daniel Rodrigues (BRA) 67(5) 75 106

Women’s World Group – Final

NETHERLANDS (1) defeated GREAT BRITAIN (4) 2-1
Lucy Shuker (GBR) d. Marjolein Buis (NED) 46 60 63
Aniek van Koot (NED) d. Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 64 61
Marjolein Buis/Aniek van Koot (NED) d. Lucy Shuker/Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 64 61

Women’s World Group – 3rd/4th place play-off

 JAPAN (3) defeated GERMANY (2) w/o

Women’s World Group – 5th/6th place play-off

THAILAND defeated CHILE 2-1
Macarena Cabrillana (CHI) d. Wanitha Inthanin (THA) 62 36 63
Sakhorn Kanthasit (THA) d. Francisca Mardones (CHI) 60 60
Wanitha Inthanin/Sakhorn Khanthasit (THA) d. Macarena Cabrillana/Francisca Mardones (CHI) 61 ret.

Women’s World Group – 7th/8th place play-off

USA defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 2-1
Young-Suk Hong (KOR) d. Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) 61 75
Emmy Kaiser (USA) d. Ju-Yeon Park (KOR) 76(3) 62
Emmy Kaiser/Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d. Young-Suk Hong/Ju-Yeon Park (KOR) 5-0 ret. 

Women’s World Group – 9th/10th place play-off

COLOMBIA defeated CHINESE TAIPEI w/o

Women’s World Group – 11th/12th place play-off

RUSSIA defeated KENYA 2-0
Dinars Sabitova (RUS) d. Jane Ndenga (KEN) 60 60
Polina Shakirova (RUS) d. Rahael Akoth (KEN) 60 60
Dinars Sabitova/Polina Shakirova (RUS) v Rahael Akoth/Jane Ndenga (KEN) not played

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Tennis News & Net Notes

 

 

 

David Ferrer

Reem Abulleil of Sport360 reports that No. 3 David Ferrer has split with his coach of 15 years – Javier Piles and will be working with Jose Altur beginning the 2014 season.

“I broke my relation with Javier, it was okay, we didn’t have any personal problems. We worked together for many years and we decided to end the coaching relationship,” Ferrer said.

 

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Spanish player Guillermo Olaso has been banned from tennis for five years and fined $25,000 for match-fixing by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

The No. 236th-ranked Olaso was found guilty of three corruption offenses in 2010. The TIU says will not have to serve the final 18 months of his suspension if he repays the $25,000 fine and attends anti-corruption and rehabilitation programs.

 

Latest Australian Open Withdrawals – Urszula Radwanska has withdrawn due to injury. While Nadia Petrova has pulled out as she lost her mother in a car accident earlier in the month.

 

Viña del Mar will have three Top 20 players in 2014 with Nicolas Almagro, Fabio Fognini and Tommy Robredo entered in the first tournament of the Latin American Golden Swing.

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The ITF announced that the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis team event, will be held in Alphen, Netherlands. The event will be hosted by the Dutch Tennis Federation (KNLTB) at the Nieuwe Sloot Tennis Centre in Alphen from 26 May until 1 June.

The full list of dates and venues is as follows:

27 Feb – 2 Mar  Africa Qualification       Nairobi Club, Nairobi, Kenya
11-14 March      Americas Qualification  Complejo Deportivo de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico

16-19 March      Asia Qualification         Sri Lankan Tennis Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka

29 Mar – 2 Apr  Europe Qualification     Kaya Belek Resport Hotel, Antalya, Turkey
26 May – 1 Jun  Finals                          Nieuwe Sloot Tennis Centre, Alphen, Netherlands

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NEC Extends Sponsorship of Wheelchair Tennis

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(December 4, 2013) The ITF announced that it has renewed its sponsorship agreement with NEC Corporation as title sponsor of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and as an Official Partner of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour for 2014.

 

NEC has been a sponsor of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour since its inception in 1992, and last month celebrated 20 years as title sponsor of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, the ITF’s year-end wheelchair championship. This year’s Masters was held in Mission Viejo, California on 5-11 November.

 

The 2014 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters will be held in Great Britain for the first time at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, venue of the London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Event, on 24-30 November. The event will be hosted by the Tennis Foundation.

 

The ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour originated in 1992 with 11 international tournaments, but has grown to its current total of over 160 tournaments in more than 40 countries offering over $1.5 million in prize money. The Tour includes the wheelchair tennis events at all four Grand Slam tournaments. The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters was started in 1994 as the official year-end singles championship for the sport’s leading players, and currently features the top eight men and women, and top four quad athletes.

 

ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “We are grateful for the ongoing support of the NEC Corporation, which has been a dedicated and enthusiastic partner of the ITF’s wheelchair tennis activities. Wheelchair tennis has become one of the fastest growing Paralympic sports, culminating in the success of London 2012, and we delighted that next year’s NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters will become one of the first events to return to the Olympic Park.”

 

Tsuyoshi Horinouchi, General Manager, CSR and Environmental Management Promotion Division, NEC Corporation, said: “The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters features the sport’s most talented athletes competing against one another at the top of their game. NEC is proud to continue its support of these exciting events that enable athletes from all over the world to showcase their skills.”

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Participants Embracing Wheelchair Tennis Masters Competition

Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor

(November 7, 2013) Mission Viejo – Early Thursday morning as the sun peeked through the clouds, three-time Paralympic gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor practiced at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.

 

It would be just hours until the two would compete against each other in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and then join forces for the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters in Mission Viejo. The tournaments run through Nov. 11.

 

Watching the “Superhumans” slam the tennis ball back and forth, there was no mistaking the camaraderie between the two friends and competitors.  But one might assume that competing against each other could cause a bit of friction.

 

“We compete against each other a lot … probably 80 times in our careers,” said Wagner, the top-ranked quadriplegic tennis player in the world. “In singles competition, you don’t think about that relationship; you just play as well as you can and then take some time to regroup (before playing together in doubles) and give it your best. We never take it personal.”

 

This is the first time that either of the year-end singles and doubles events has been hosted in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue. Event organizers and players say having the two events together has been “phenomenal.”

 

“From a tournament standpoint, it brings both singles and doubles together and gives fans the chance to see both types of play,” said Brad Parks, founder of the sport and honorary chair of the event. “Particularly in doubles, the movement in the chairs is so fascinating to watch, especially for people who have not seen it before. It’s like a chess game …”

 

Dan James, national manager of wheelchair tennis for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), agrees it’s been a boon to the players and fans alike having both tournaments together in Mission Viejo.

 

“As someone who has been involved in this for 20 years, it’s great to see wheelchair tennis in Southern California right where it started,” he said.  “The competition is on a new level having both singles and doubles together. The athletes have been playing at their highest level to bring the best possible product for the people of Mission Viejo.”

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Southland’s David Wagner Dominates in Win at Day 2 at ITF Wheelchair Tennis Masters

David Wagner

(November 6, 2013) MISSION VEJO – Just like the world’s top men’s ATP pro players battling for the year-end title currently from the O2 Arena in London, England, the world’s best men’s and women’s open and quad wheelchair tennis players battled it out in round-robin play on Day 2 of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at Mission Viejo’s Marguerite Tennis Pavilion.

 

The Roger Federer of the open division is top-seeded, defending champion and 2013 Australian Open champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan, who posted another solid day after a convincing win on opening day on Tuesday. For the second straight day, Kunieda dropped just one game as he defeated Gordon Reid of Great Britain, 6-1, 6-0.

 

“I had a great match today,” Kunieda said. “These are the best players in the world and everyone is tough, but I’m fit and ready to move on and play again tomorrow.”

 

Men’s quad division player David Wagner of Chula Vista, Calif. also won for the second straight day. In both matches, he won a close first set, before winning the second set 6-0. On Wednesday, he got past rival Lucas Sithole of South Africa, a player who has handed Wagner his only four losses the entire year.

 

“You never know what you’re going to get in tennis, that’s the beauty of it,” Wagner said. “Today Lucas was strong in the first set and I just happened to get some points to go my way in the second set.

 

“Lucas is extremely strong and fast and makes you run down everything. You almost have to play high-risk against him. We may face each other again. In New York at the US Open we both ended up in the same round-robin and ended up meeting later in the tournament.”

 

This is the first time that either of the year-end singles and doubles events has been hosted in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue. Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except that the ball can bounce twice.

 

The 2013 Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Mission Viejo continues with day sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and night following from 6 to 10 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 11. Tickets are still available at www.itfwheelchairmasters.

 

Along with competition this week, fans will be entertained by a number of activities including a Tennis Greats Night on Saturday, Nov. 9.  The 6 p.m. event includes Bob Lutz, Michael Chang, Roy Emerson and Dennis Ralston.  Also, on Thursday, Nov. 7 following the night session’s first match, an “Up/Down Exhibition” will be held to show the integrative qualities of wheelchair tennis versus other sports. On Friday, Nov. 8, the Nadadores Dive Team will host an exhibition diving event at 6 p.m.  On Saturday, Nov. 9 current and former military personnel will be honored through Military Appreciation Day. Complimentary tickets will be available for all past and present military personnel. A free Wounded Warrior Clinic will be held that day from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for any wounded veterans interested in trying wheelchair tennis. A “SoCal Locals” free Wheelchair Tennis Clinic rounds out the activities on Sunday.

Folks unable to attend the matches can catch all of the action streamed live online on the city’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/missionviejoca. Tennis results will also be updated each night at http://itfwheelchairtennismasters.com.

NEC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS, MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA

RESULTS – 6 NOVEMBER

 

Men’s Pool 1

 

(1) Shingo Kunieda (JPN) d. (4) Gordon Reid (GBR) 61 60

Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Nicolas Peifer (FRA) 36 76(6) 64

 

Men’s Pool 2

 

Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) 26 62 63

(2) Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. (3) Maikel Scheffers (NED) 64 64

 

Women’s Pool 1

(1) Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) d. Lucy Shuker (GBR) 36 75 60

(4) Marjolein Buis (NED) d. Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 63 36 62

 

Women’s Pool 2

Sharon Walraven (NED) d. Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 57 61 64

(2) Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. (3) Yui Kamiji (NED) 63 36 61

 

Quad Round-Robin

(1) David Wagner (USA) d. (2) Lucas Sithole (RSA) 76(6) 60

Andy Lapthorne (GBR) d. Nicholas Taylor (USA) 62 62

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NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Results for November 5

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(November 5, 2013) The latest results from the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters taking place in Mission Viejo, CaliforniaUSA on 5-11 November. The Doubles Masters starts on 7 November. The ITF’s two-year end wheelchair tennis events are being held alongside each other for the first time since 2002. Eight men, eight women and four quad players are competing in the singles, while the doubles features eight men’s pairs, six women’s pairs and four quad pairs.

 

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters was initiated in 1994 to honour the top players who have shown dedication and professionalism to the sport, and forms the climax to the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, that in 2013 featured approximately 160 events in more than 40 countries. In the men’s and women’s events, eight players compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two players in each group reaching the semifinals. In the quad event, four players compete in one round-robin group, with the top two players contesting the final.

 

The ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters was first held alongside the NEC Masters in 2000, and became a standalone event in 2003. In the men’s event, eight pairs compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two pairs in each group reaching the semifinals. In the women’s event, six pairs compete in two round-robin groups, with the top two pairs in each group contesting the semifinals. In the quad event, four pairs compete in one round-robin group, with the top two pairs contesting the final.

For the latest news and results from the event, please visit the ITF wheelchair website: www.itftennis.com/wheelchair

 

NEC WHEELCHAIR TENNIS MASTERS, MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA

RESULTS – 5 NOVEMBER

 

Men’s Pool 1

 

(1) Shingo Kunieda (JPN) d. Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 60 61

(4) Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Nicolas Peifer (FRA) 61 62

 

Men’s Pool 2

 

Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) d. (3) Maikel Scheffers (NED) 46 64 75

Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. (2) Stephane Houdet (FRA) 63 26 63

 

Women’s Pool 1

 

Jordanne Whiley (GBR) d. (1) Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) 26 61 61

(4) Marjolein Buis (NED) d. Lucy Shuker (GBR) 64 16 64

 

Women’s Pool 2

 

(2) Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 61 61

(3) Yui Kamiji (NED) d. Sharon Walraven (NED) 62 60

 

Quad Round-Robin

 

(1) David Wagner (USA) d. Andy Lapthorne (GBR) 75 60

(2) Lucas Sithole (RSA) d. Nicholas Taylor (USA) 60 64

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World’s Greatest Superhumans compete at Wheelchair Tennis Masters

 

Lucy

 

(November 5, 2013) Fresh off the tennis courts after clinching his opening match, Shingo Kunieda is excited about defending his title at the Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Mission Viejo this week.

 

“I am playing in Mission Viejo under the sunshine … I am very fit, have confidence and I want to win,” he said.

 

Kunieda of Japan is ranked # 1 in the men’s singles, # 2 in the men’s doubles and won the 2013 Australian Open Grand Slam Singles. He is one of 38 “Superhumans” from around the globe who have converged on Mission Viejo’s Marguerite Tennis Pavilion to compete in the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters.

 

This is the first time that either of these year-end events has been hosted in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue. Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except that the ball can bounce twice.

 

On this first day of play, the world’s best wheelchair tennis players seem right at home in this South County city.

 

While fueling up with some carbs, Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain said she is hoping to do “well.”  Britain’s youngest ever National women’s singles champion in wheelchair tennis said she’s been training hard for the event but doesn’t feel “any pressure” and has been enjoying her surroundings.

 

“From what I have seen so far, Mission Viejo is beautiful and a great venue for this event,” she said.

 

San Clemente resident Brad Parks agrees. He founded the sport and serves as the Honorary Chair of the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters.

 

“The fact that the city has gotten involved and is bringing this to the community is huge,” he said. “The community can come out here, be involved and feel good about their city.  I would hope that people would say they are glad they live in Mission Viejo.”

 

The 2013 Wheelchair Tennis Masters continues with day sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and night following from 6 to 10 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 11. Tickets are still available at www.itfwheelchairmasters.

 

Along with incredible competition this week, fans will be entertained by a number of activities including a Tennis Greats Night on Saturday, Nov. 9.  The 6 p.m. event includes Bob Lutz, Michael Chang, Roy Emerson and Dennis Ralston.  Also, on Thursday, Nov. 7 following the night session’s first match, an “Up/Down Exhibition” will be held to show the integrative qualities of wheelchair tennis versus other sports. On Friday, November 8, the Nadadores Dive Team will host an exhibition diving event at 6 p.m.  On Saturday, Nov. 9 current and former military personnel will be honored through Military Appreciation Day. Complimentary tickets will be available for all past and present military personnel. A free Wounded Warrior Clinic will be held that day from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for any wounded veterans interested in trying wheelchair tennis. A “SoCal Locals” free Wheelchair Tennis Clinic rounds out the activities on Sunday.

 

Folks unable to attend the matches can catch all of the action streamed live online at http://cityofmissionviejo.org/mvtv and on the city’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/missionviejoca. Tennis results will also be updated each night at http://itfwheelchairtennismasters.com.

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2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters Begins on November 5

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., November 4, 2013 – The USTA and ITF today announced that Mission Viejo, Calif., will host the 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, featuring the top wheelchair tennis players in the world. The 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters (singles) will be held November 5-11, and the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters will be held November 7-11.

 

This is the first time that either of these year-end events has been hosted in the United States, and the first time since 2002 that the two events have been held at the same venue. Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, except that the ball can bounce twice.

 

The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, first held in 1994, is the ITF year-end championship for the world’s top eight men’s and women singles players and the world’s top four quad singles players.

 

The ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters is the flagship wheelchair tennis doubles event. First staged in 2000, the season-ending event currently features the world’s top eight men’s pairs, top six women’s pairs and top four quad pairs.

 

The United States will be well-represented in quad singles and doubles by the three-time Paralympic Quad doubles gold medalists David Wagner (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.). Wagner and Taylor won the US Open quad doubles title this year for the sixth time, remaining the only team ever to hoist the trophy at that event. Wagner also won the 2012 US Open quad singles title.  Other Americans competing in Mission Viejo include Stephen Welch (Southlake, Texas) and Greg Hasterok (San Diego), both of whom will be playing doubles.

 

This year’s tournament will include a Wounded Warriors Clinic and “Tennis Greats Night,” both held on Saturday, November 9. In addition to top wheelchair tennis players, the “Tennis Greats Night” will include Bob Lutz, Michael Chang, Roy Emerson, and Dennis Ralston. A number of wheelchair tennis clinics and exhibitions also will take place throughout the week.

Mission Viejo has been a longtime supporter of wheelchair tennis. For seven years, it has hosted the USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp for youth ages 12-18. This year’s camp included players from 10 different states and six different countries.

 

Tickets and information are available at www.itfwheelchairmasters.com. The tournament

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USTA-ITF Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp to take place at Mission Viejo

32 YOUTH WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE

IN 2013 USTA-ITF JUNIOR WHEELCHAIR TENNIS CAMP

IN MISSION VIEJO, CALIF., JULY 28-AUG. 2

 

Camp also will Feature Appearances by International Tennis Hall of Famer Brad Parks

and Three-time Paralympic Quad Doubles Gold Medalist David Wagner

 

Camp to Include Players from 10 Different States and Six Different Countries

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., JULY 23, 2013 – The USTA today announced that 32 young wheelchair athletes will be participating in the 2013 USTA-ITF International Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif., July 28-Aug. 2. The camp will take place at Marguerite Tennis Pavilion and is for youth ages 12-18, who live with a permanent disabling condition and use a wheelchair when playing sports including tennis.

 

This year’s camp will include players from 10 different states and six different countries (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States). The camp is geared towards fun and camaraderie, while developing tennis skills in these young athletes.

 

Each day of camp consists of morning wheelchair tennis clinics and in-depth tennis instruction. Afternoon sessions include additional instruction, as well as an ITF-ranking wheelchair tennis tournament. Brad Parks, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and founder of wheelchair tennis, will be speaking to the campers on Tuesday, July 30. Campers also will receive world-class instruction from David Wagner, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and US Open champion, as well as from Dan James, the USTA’s National Head Coach and National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis, Jason Harnett, a USTA Wheelchair Tennis Assistant National Coach, and other esteemed wheelchair tennis coaches. Off-court activities for campers include a trip to Universal Studios.

 

“We are thrilled and proud to hold this wheelchair tennis camp for these young athletes who want to develop their games,” said James. “These athletes, some of whom are playing in this country for the first time, are being afforded a unique opportunity to play the sport they enjoy and forge relationships with other young people who share a similar lifestyle. We hope this camp will impact the growth of these young players for years to come.”

 

The clinic is sponsored by the USTA, the ITF, the Johan Cruyff Foundation, and the City of Mission Viejo, which is providing the local tennis courts.

 

U.S. Athletes

Eliel Burroughs (Whittier, CA)

Angel Cardenas (La Mirada, CA)

Jose Estrada (San Diego)

Lauren Haneke-Hopps (San Diego)

Chris Herman (Gulfport, FL)

Nathan Hunter (Grantsville, UT)

Krystal Kelley (Grand Haven, MI)

Reo Kobayashi (Aliso Viejo, CA)

Jeffrey Marshall (Boulder, CO)

Colleen Moen (San Diego)

Genaro Perez (La Mirada, CA)

Efrain Precaido (La Mirada, CA)

Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, KS)

Alex Saporito (Prairieville, LA)

Paul Shin (Los Angeles)

Auburn Smith (Port Orange, FL)

Charles “Parker” Smith (Tewksbury, MA)

Kailey Smith (Littleton, CO)

Juan Solis (La Mirada, CA)

Dustin Strelsky (Rockdale, TX)

Conner Stroud (Spindale, NC)

 

International Athletes

Tomas Bourassa (Canada)

Miguel Coronado (Chile)

Carlos Muro (Mexico)

Antonella Pralong (Argentina)

Luis Felipe Reye (Chile)

Amy Rojas (Guatemala)

Alejandro Ross (Mexico)

Isabel Rubio (Guatemala)

Ignacio Santise (Argentina)

Lucas Scarazzini (Argentina)

Lizabeth Soto (Mexico)

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France Wins Men’s World Group title at BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis Event

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(May 26, 2013) France has defeated Netherlands 2-0 to win the men’s World Group title at the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis event in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday 26 May. In the men’s World Group play-off, USA defeated Greece 2-0 to qualify for the 2014 World Group.

A total of 52 teams from 28 nations have competed this week in four categories: men, women, quad and junior.

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place 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 ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.

BNP PARIBAS WORLD TEAM CUP, ANTALYA, TURKEY
RESULTS – 26 MAY

Men’s World Group Final

FRANCE (2) defeated NETHERLANDS (1) 2-0
Nicolas Peifer (FRA) d. Ronald Vink (NED) 61 63
Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. Maikel Scheffers (NED) 62 63

Men’s World Group 3rd/4th Place Play-off

SWEDEN defeated JAPAN (3) 2-0
Peter Vikstrom (SWE) d. Takuya Miki (JPN) 76(2) 57 60
Stefan Olsson (SWE) d. Takashi Sanada (JPN) 76(4) 62

Men’s World Group Play-off

USA defeated GREECE 2-0
Steve Baldwin (USA) d. Stefanos Diamantis (GRE) 16 76(1) 61
Steve Welch (USA) d. Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) 63 61

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