The Spanish deaf tennis team has assembled in Chattanooga, Tennessee today ahead of the July 14 start of the Dresse and Maere Cup.
The team includes Beatriz Villamandos and Raquel Villamandos of ADEMI Tenerife. Beatriz is currently ranked third in the world, and Raquel is ranked eighth. In doubles play, they are ranked first in the world. Trainer Isaías Rodríguez Pérez rounds out the Spanish delegation.
At this years competition, women from Spain, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, and the United States are scheduled to compete.
The Dresse and Maere Cup is billed by organizers as an opportunity for young deaf to gain international experience in advance of the 2017 Summer Deaflympics. It uses the same format as the Fed Cup for women and the Davis Cup for men.