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2014 US Open Wheelchair Competition lacks Americans in men and women’s draws

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On Thursday, the US Open Wheelchair Competition announced who had committed to play after invitations had been sent out based on rankings from July 21. No Americans are amongst those scheduled to compete in the men’s and women’s singles events at the 2014 US Open Wheelchair Competition. David Wagner and Nick Taylor are the sole American competing, and both will be in the quad single event as Wagner is currently ranked number one in the world and Taylor is the reigning world champion.

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With twenty total wheelchair tennis players competing, a quarter of the spots belong to Dutch players who have half the spots in the women’s single event. There are three Japanese players, three Brits, two French, two South Africans, one Argentine and one Belgian amongst the remaining competitors.

 

France’s Stephane Houdet comes into the competition as the defending men’s single champion at the event, and is currently ranked second in the world. the Netherland’s Aniek Van Koot is the women’s single defending champion, and also world number two. South African Lucas Sithole is world number two and defending champion in the quad event after beating Wagner in the final of last year’s edition.

 

The US Open is scheduled to start on August 25 and end September 8. Wheelchair tennis is scheduled to start on September 4.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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