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USTA Announces Squad for 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup

USTA ANNOUNCES SQUAD FOR 2018 BNP PARIBAS WORLD TEAM CUP

U.S. Teams to Compete in Wheelchair Tennis’ Premier International Team Competition, May 28 - June 3, in Apeldoorn, Netherlands

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 15, 2018 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced the players and coaches who will represent the United States at the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup. The nation’s top wheelchair tennis players will compete against participants from around the globe, May 28 – June 3, at TC Sprenkelaar and TV De Maaten the Baia in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

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 2018 competition in the Netherlands. 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 women’s and quad teams will look to improve on their bronze medal performances from last year’s event.  The women’s bronze last year was their best result since 2003.  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.  The junior team, which is the three-time Champion, will not be competing for an unprecedented fourth title as the juniors have aged out and will be representing Team USA in the men’s division.

Representing the U.S. at the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup will be:

Women’s Team

  • Jon Rydberg, Coach (Woodbury, Minn.)
  • Shelby Baron (Honolulu)
  • Dana Mathewson (San Diego)
  • Mackenzie Soldan (Orlando, Fla.)

Quad Team

  • Kevin Heim, Coach (Lincoln, Neb.)
  • Bryan Barten (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Greg Hasterok (Chula Vista, Calif.)
  • Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.)
  • David Wagner (Walla Walla, Wash.)

Men’s Team

  • Jason Harnett, Coach (Orlando, Fla.)
  • Chris Herman (Gulfport, Fla.)
  • Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, Kan.)
  • Conner Stroud (Rutherfordton, N.C.)
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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. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

For more information, contact:

Tom LaDue, Manager, Corporate Communications, USTA, (914) 697-2352; ladue@usta.com