WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 24, 2013 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 20-26, and will be hosted by the Turkish Sports Federation for the Disabled (TSFD) on the clay courts of Club Ali Bey Manavgat on the Turkish Riviera, 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 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 event has experienced continued growth since.
The United States Quad Team will look to bring home the quad title for the sixth time in the last ten years. The three-time Paralympic Doubles gold medal-winning team of David Wagner and Nick Taylor are looking to regain the quad title alongside fellow Americans Bryan Barten and Greg Hasterok after the team took the bronze medal last year.
Men’s coach Jason Hartnett also has been named a finalist by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for its Paralympic Coach of the Year award. Harnett is one of three finalists nominated for the prestigious award. The winner will be announced during a dinner on Friday, June 21, at the conclusion of the 2013 National Coaching Conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in 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.
Teams from more than 50 countries will take part in the 2013 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).
Representing the United States at the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be:
Jason Harnett (Coach) – San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Steve Baldwin – San Diego, Calif.
Anthony Lara – Chino, Calif.
Stephen Welch – Southlake, Texas
Dan James (Coach) – Seattle, Wash.
Shelby Baron – Honolulu, Hawaii
Emmy Kaiser – Ft. Mitchell, Ky.
Kaitlyn Verfuerth – Flagstaff, Ariz.
John Devorss (Coach) – Salem, Ore.
Bryan Barten – Tucson, Ariz.
Greg Hasterok – San Diego, Calif.
Nick Taylor – Wichita, Kan.
David Wagner – Chula Vista, Calif.
Paul Walker (Coach) – Lakeland, Fla.
Chris Herman – Gulfport, Fla.
Krystal Kelley – Grand Haven, Mich.
Casey Ratzlaff – Wichita, Kan.
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Jenna Street – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Emily Sandor – White Plains, N.Y.