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Florida Players to Represent United States in Inaugural US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition

August 15, 2005 03:12 PM
USA Tennis Florida is pleased to recognize two Florida residents who will represent the United States in the inaugural US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition Thursday, September 8-11, at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.  The new competition will feature 16 of the top wheelchair tennis athletes from around the globe and will include four events: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles.

Four American men and five American women will represent the United States in the US Open.  The U.S. men will be led by No. 13 Derek Bolton of Nashville, Tenn.; No. 27 Lee Hinson, currently residing in Australia; No. 33 Paul Walker of Lakeland, Fla.; and No. 36 Larry Quintero of San Antonio, Texas, a 2004 Paralympic competitor.  The women will be represented by No. 12 Beth Arnoult-Ritthaler of Kula, Hawaii; No. 17 Elizabeth Williams of Durham, N.C.; No. 22 Karin Korb of Atlanta, Ga., a two-time Paralympian; No. 27 Jan Proctor of Delray Beach, Fla.; and No. 57 Kaitlyn Verfuerth of Chino, Calif., a 2004 Paralympic competitor.

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 the U.S. 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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