The U.S. Quad Team of Nick Taylor, 30, of Wichita, Kan., David Wagner, 36, of Hillsboro, Ore., and Bryan Barten, 36, of Tucson, Ariz., led Team USA to the 2010 Invacare World Team Cup title, defeating Israel 2-0 in the final. It was the team's sixth World Team Cup crown. The nation's top wheelchair tennis players competed against participants from around the globe, May 3-9, on the clay courts of the Club Ali Bey Manavgat on the Turkish Riviera in Antalya, Turkey.
In the opening singles rubber, world No. 4 Taylor faced Israel's Boaz Kramer, recording a 6-3, 6-1, victory to give the top-seeded U.S. team the lead. World No. 2 Wagner then overcame a stiff neck to beat Shraga Weinberg 6-2, 7-5, and seal the championship for the United States. Wagner and Taylor, two-time Paralympic Doubles Gold Medalists, brought home the title for the first time since 2007 after losing last year to Great Britain in the final, and losing to the Netherlands in 2008.
The U.S. women's team, led by Emmy Kaiser, 19, of Fort Mitchell, Ky., Dana Mathewson, 19, of San Diego and Hope Lewellen, 43, of Chicago, finished in sixth place in the women's division. In World Group 2 play, the U.S. men's team, led by Marsten Anderson, 34, of Yorba Linda, Calif., Zach Beaulieu, 24, of Augusta, Maine, Paul Moran, 43, of Chicago, and Jon Rydberg, 32, of Oakdale, Minn., finished in fifth place. The U.S. Junior Team, led by Mackenzie Soldan, 18, of Louisville, Ky., and Ryan Nelson, 15, of Salt Lake City, finished sixth in the junior division.
Often referred to as the wheelchair tennis equivalent of pro tennis' Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, the Invacare World Team Cup tournament brings the world's best wheelchair tennis players together to compete for national pride in one of the world's premier tennis team events. Nearly 300 players from more than 30 nations participated in the 2010 event in Turkey, which marked the Crystal Anniversary, celebrating 15 years, of the partnership between Invacare and the ITF.
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