The United States quad team will look to defend the quad title it captured at the 2013 WTC, held in Antalya, Turkey. The team will be led by three-time Paralympic doubles gold medalists David Wagner and Nick Taylor, as well as Greg Hasterok. All three return from last year’s championship squad. In fact, the U.S. has won the quad division in six of the past 10 years.
Also with a fighting chance at a crown will be the U.S. juniors, who finished second at the 2012 WTC and are led by 16-year-old ace Chris Herman. The Floridian will be playing in his third WTC and entered the Top 10 of the ITF Wheelchair boys’ singles rankings for the first time in April.
At the 2013 WTC, the juniors finished in fifth place, the women in ninth place and the men in 11th.
The American contingent for 2014 will include two rookies, who have an age difference of 34 years. Junior player Conner Stroud, 14, whose inspirational story of playing tennis without legs recently was featured in a Tennis Channel documentary, will be making his World Team Cup debut. Anthony Anderson, 48, coaches tennis and works full time as an mechanical engineer, designing the interior cabins of commercial airplanes. The Washington native will join WTC veterans Jon Rydberg and Steve Welch after nearly 30 years competing in the sport.
Favorites in the 2014 WTC include France, Great Britain, Israel, Japan and, most prominently, the host country. The Dutch women have finished first each year since 2000, and overall the Netherlands has claimed 40 titles in the four divisions of play since 1986. The next closest nation in terms of titles is the U.S., with 19 in WTC play.
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