July 15th, 2019

5 Florida Players Named to 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Tennis Team

Pro Tennis Wheelchair Tennis

Florida’s Usue Arconada, Caroline Dolehide, Kevin King, Sam Riffice, and Chris Herman will represent the U.S. at the 2019 Pan American Games on July 29-Aug. 4 in Lima, Peru.

The wheelchair player Herman will play for the U.S. in the Parapan American Games on Aug. 24-30 in Lima.

Also on the U.S. team will be Dana Mathewson, Emmy Kaiser, David Wagner and Bryan Barten.

The Pan American Games are sports competitions for countries in North, South and Central America held every four years in the year prior to the Olympic Games. The Games will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles competition on the red clay courts of Lima’s Lawn Tennis Club. More than 6,000 athletes from 41 countries are expected to compete across 36 sports in this year’s games.

USTA National Coaches Adam Peterson (women) and Eric Nunez (men) will coach the U.S. Pan American team. Jason Harnett and Paul Walker will coach the Parapan team.

Americans who have won the gold medal at the Pan Am Games since 1951 include Althea Gibson (1959, singles), Arthur Ashe (1967, mixed doubles), Patrick McEnroe (1987, men’s doubles), Pam Shriver (1991, singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles), Paul Goldstein (1999, singles), and Irina Falconi (2011, singles).

Arconada, 20, is ranked No. 214 in singles and No. 171 in doubles and currently lives in Naples, Fla. Dolehide, 20, is ranked No. 269 in singles and No. 106 in doubles and currently lives in Orlando, Fla., training out of the USTA National Campus. King, 28, is ranked No. 397 in singles and No. 527 in doubles.

Riffice, 20, is ranked No. 496 in singles and recently completed a standout freshman season at the University of Florida, earning All-America honors after reaching the NCAA singles quarterfinals. He currently lives in Orlando, Fla., and trains out of the USTA National Campus.

Herman, 21, from St. Petersburg, Fla., is ranked No. 56 in singles and No. 70 in the world wheelchair rankings and competed in men’s doubles at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in May. He won the singles title at the Wheelchair Tennis Collegiate National Championships each of the last two years as a junior and senior at the University of Florida.

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