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Kari Yerg Named Touring Coach of the Year

November 5, 2007 09:41 AM

Kari Yerg, from Boynton Beach is recognized as the United States Professional Tennis Association
Touring Coach of the Year for her work in wheelchair tennis coaching.

Boca Raton, FL, October 31, 2007 - Kari Yerg, from Boynton Beach is recognized as the United States Professional Tennis Association Touring Coach of the Year.  Kari Yerg is a teaching pro at the Patch Reef Park Tennis Center in Boca Raton, Fla., and has been deeply involved in wheelchair tennis coaching for many years.

"I became involved with wheelchair tennis because the players had such high energy and have such a love of the sport," said Kari. "I wanted to help them better their tennis games."

Kari is a seven-time coach of U.S. teams in World Team Cup, which is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of Davis Cup and Fed Cup.  For the past three years she coached the U.S. juniors at Cruyff Junior Masters in Tarbes, France. Her world-ranked junior players include Noah Yalong, Dylan Levine, Matt Farmen, and Emmy Kaiser. She is the coach of 10 USTA nationally ranked wheelchair tennis players including three ITF world-ranked players, Karin Korb, ranked No. 34, Jan Proctor, ranked No. 23, David Harrison, ranked No. 19 in quads and John Becker, ranked No. 63.

"My favorite coaching moment was when the 2003 USA World Team Cup Squad selected me to carry the American flag for the opening ceremonies in Sopot, Poland," said Kari.

Other players she has coached include Randy Snow, David Johnson of Australia and the 2000 silver medalist in the Sydney Paralympic Games and Kevin Whalen, a competitor in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.  Kari is also the director of a free weekly wheelchair tennis clinic conducted at Patch Reef Park.

Related Story: 2007 Invacare World Team Cup Daily Journal on USTA.com

 

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