TEAM USA AT THE
PAN AM GAMES
January 1, 2017
The U.S. has historically done well at the quadrennial Pan American games, having won more than twice as many total medals as any other country. At the 2015 Games in Toronto, Team USA's dominance showed once again.
Rising American Dennis Novikov posted one of the biggest results of his young career, capturing a bronze medal in men’s singles for Team USA at the Games, which were held from July 10-16. Novikov defeated Guido Andreozzi of Argentina in the bronze medal match, 6-4, 6-4. With the win, the 21-year-old California became just the seventh U.S. player to capture a medal at the Pan Am Games since the event's inception in 1951, joining an elite list of players that includes Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe and Pam Shriver.
Novikov also teamed up with fellow American Jean-Yves Aubone to reach the quarterfinals of the men's doubles competition.
Joining Novikov on Team USA were Aubone, Gonzales Austin, Lauren Davis, Louisa Chirico and Sachia Vickery. Davis, one of six first-timers on the U.S. Pan-Am roster, came in fourth in women's singles.
All six Americans played in the singles competitions at the Canadian Tennis Centre, and Davis and Chirico teamed up in the women’s doubles competition.
“Being part of such a wonderful event is an honor that I am very proud to be a part of,” said Davis, who represented Team USA on the Fed Cup squad in the World Group Playoffs in April. “My training will be the same for the Games as any other tournament. My goal is to bring home the gold for Team USA."
In Guadalajara in 2011, Irina Falconi won gold in the women’s singles, with Christina McHale taking bronze. The duo also claimed a silver medal in the women’s doubles, and Nicholas Monroe and Greg Ouelette earned a bronze in the men’s doubles. That took the U.S. squad's tally to four tennis medals – more than any other nation – at the 2011 games.
The Pan Am Games were first held in 1951 in Buenes Aires, Argentina, making the 2015 spectacle the 17th version of the event. The Pan Am Games are open to the 41 National Olympic Committee nations in the Americas.
The 2019 Games will be held in Lima, Peru.