| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Jeremiah Yolkut/USTA

The U.S. wheelchair tennis team captured five medals--three gold, one silver, and one bronze--at the Parapan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Nov. 13-18.

On the women’s side, the U.S. won both the singles gold and silver medals as Mackenzie Soldan of Louisville, Ky., defeated doubles partner Emmy Kaiser of Fort Mitchell, Ky., 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s gold medal match. Soldan and Kaiser teamed up to then capture gold in doubles, defeating Colombia, 6-3, 6-0.

The men’s team also won the doubles gold medal, as 2007 Parapan Am singles gold medalist Jon Rydberg of St. Paul, Minn., and four-time Paralympic medalist Steve Welch of Arlington, Tex., defeated Argentina, 6-2, 6-3. Welch won the bronze medal in singles.

These strong results follow last month’s Pan Am Games, in which the U.S. captured four medals, including a singles gold medal from young American Irina Falconi.