WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 18, 2015 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 25-31, at Ali Bey Resort Manavgat in Antalya, Turkey.
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 52 teams representing 28 countries will take part in the 2015 competition in Antalya. Teams will compete in the men’s World Group (12 nations), men’s World Group 2 (12 nations), women’s World Group (12 nations), quad event (8 teams) and junior event (8 teams). The event will take place on red clay courts.
Representing the United States at the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be:
The United States Quad Team will look to regain the quad title after losing the final to Great Britain in a tiebreak last year. The team will be led by three-time Paralympic Doubles gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor and joined by Bryan Barten and Greg Hasterok. All of the other U.S. teams will look to improve on their 2014 finishes. The U.S. men’s and women’s teams will both look to move up the ranks after their seventh place finishes. The U.S. junior team will look to move into the finals this year with a team led by Chris Herman, Casey Ratzlaff and Conner Stroud. The junior team finished fourth last year, but did beat the No. 1 team in the world from the Netherlands in round-robin play.
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.