TEAM USA AT THE
PARAPAN AM GAMES
January 1, 2017
Team USA continued its rich history of Parapan Am Games success on the tennis courts at the 2015 Games in Toronto.
The U.S. won four medals in the wheelchair tennis competition, tied with Brazil for the most of any nation.
Top seed Kaitlyn Verfuerth collected a silver medal in the women’s singles competition and Emmy Kaiser won a bronze in the same event. Verfuerth and Kaiser also teamed up to win bronze in the women’s doubles.
World No. 18 Verfuerth – who took home the gold medal in the 2007 Parapan Am Games – dropped just six games en route to the final, where she fell to Brazilian Natalia Mayara, 7-6(4), 6-2.
"To have the honor to represent the USA and win two medals is such an exciting accomplishment," Verfuerth said. "I am disappointed that I couldn’t bring home the gold. ADVERTISEMENT However, I am looking forward to getting home, getting back on court and improving on the things I need to work on. In big competitions like this one you can really take away what you need to work on – I can only leave this city with happy memories."
Added Kaiser: "I had a great time here in Toronto. Glad I got to finish on a high note and can’t wait to see where we can get as a team leading up to [the Paralympic Games in] Rio."
In the men’s events, Jon Rydberg won America’s second silver medal in the tennis competition. The 37-year-old from Minnesota, a gold medal winner in 2007, fell to Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez, 6-1, 6-2, in the gold medal match on Centre Court. Rydberg and Steve Baldwin were defeated in the bronze medal match in the men’s doubles competition.
In 2011, the U.S. won five medals in the wheelchair tennis competition, including three gold, one silver and one bronze.
The 2019 Parapan Am Games will be held in Lima, Peru.