Wheelchair Tennis Preview
Team USA is set to compete on one of the largest international stages in Lima, Peru, with wheelchair tennis athletes competing from Aug. 24-30. The competition in Lima, Peru, serves as a qualifying event for the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, with all six Americans having the opportunity to earn individual slots for Tokyo 2020.

Team USA Wheelchair tennis will have representation in three events: men’s, women’s and quad tennis. The men’s team will debut Casey Ratzlaff (Wichita, Kansas) and Chris Herman (Gulfport, Florida). Ratzlaff is the No. 1-ranked American male and No. 26 in the world, and currently attends Wichita State University. Herman is ranked No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 71 in the world, and is a student at the University of Florida.

The women’s team is led by Dana Mathewson (San Diego, California), who currently resides in London, England while pursuing a master’s degree. Mathewson is the No. 1 American female and No. 16 in the world. Emmy Kaiser (Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky) will round out the women’s team, as she is the No. 2-ranked American and No. 25 in the world.

An exciting aspect of the Parapan American Games is that there will be a quad division for the first time ever. Leading the quad team will be David Wagner (Walla Walla, Washington), one of the most successful American tennis players of all time with multiple Grand Slam championships and Paralympic gold medals. He is the No. 1-ranked American quad and No. 2 in the world. His teammate this year will be Bryan Barten (Tucson, Arizona), the No. 2-ranked American quad and No. 12 in the world.