Team USA Ready for
World Team Cup
Jason Allen | May 27, 2018
Team USA Wheelchair Tennis arrived in the Netherlands this past weekend for the 2018 BNP Paribas World Team Cup.
25 teams from around the world will compete this week for the World Team Cup, which is the equivalent of Davis and Fed Cup for the wheelchair tennis professionals. This year the competition is being hosted in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
Celebrations for the event began Sunday with an opening ceremony at the Town Hall of Apeldoorn for all competitors. Citizens, government and royalty greeted all 25 teams. There was a band, dance squad and various speeches from dignitaries. After the ceremony, teams returned to the hotel for the draw ceremony and dinner.
All divisions will compete in pool play throughout the week, with play kicking off Monday morning.
Team USA will compete in three divisions this year: Women, Men and Quad. ADVERTISEMENT
The women will have the first day off and plan to use it training hard for their first tie on Tuesday. The men will face off against Belgium in the first round of pool play at 10 am on Monday. Finally, the Quad team will compete against Canada at 10 am as well.
Jason Harnett, Team USA Wheelchair Coach, said, “We are very excited to represent our country at this event. We have outstanding athletes and expect to do well and have a great time. The men will have a tough battle as they are just getting back into world group one. The women are looking to improve on their bronze medal finish last year. The Quad team has the experience and skill to win the whole championship. We look forward to competing well over the next six days.”