Pan Am Coaches Named
Eliot Teltscher and Debbie Graham headed to Santo Domingo
By Randy Walker // USTA // May 1, 2003
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The USTA will field a team of Olympic tennis hopefuls to compete at the 2003 Pan American Games and has named Eliot Teltscher and Debbie Graham as the U.S. men’s and women’s coaches. The Pan American Games, the world’s second largest multi-sport event following the Olympic Games, will take place August 1-16 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The tennis competition will be held on hard courts at the Santo Domingo Tennis Center August 4-10.
“We are confident that Eliot Teltscher and Debbie Graham can help America’s Olympic hopefuls continue the United States’ recent medal-winning success this summer in Santo Domingo,” said Paul Roetert, Managing Director, USA Tennis High Performance. “Eliot and Debbie are integral members of our USA Tennis High Performance effort who are experienced as players and coaches at the highest levels of international competition.”
“The Pan Am Games provides our U.S. players with the unique opportunity to represent their country in a major international Olympic-style sporting event and provides an international showcase event for our future Olympians,” said David Brewer, Senior Director, Professional Tournaments, USTA.
Teltscher, a resident of Irvine, Calif., was named Director of Tennis Operations, USA Tennis High Performance in January and is based in Carson, Calif., at the soon-to-be opened USA Tennis High Performance Training Center at Home Depot National Training Center. Teltscher, a former All-American at UCLA, won 10 ATP singles titles during his career that saw him rise to a career-high ranking of No. 6. Teltscher represented the United States in Davis Cup for three years, helping the U.S. to the title in 1982. As a coach, Teltscher served as the men’s tennis coach at Pepperdine University, while also serving stints as USTA National Coach and the personal coach of Pete Sampras and Taylor Dent.
Graham, a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., earlier this month was named one of eight USA Tennis High Performance Coaches for women’s tennis. She played on the WTA Tour for 10 years and was ranked as high as No. 28 in singles and No. 9 in doubles, winning five doubles titles. She was undefeated in five matches for the U.S. Fed Cup team in 1992-93. She won the 1990 NCAA singles title as a junior at Stanford University and was member of three NCAA championship teams (1989-91). Graham also has been a coach at the USTA Competition Training Center at the Newport Beach Tennis Club since 1999.
The USTA will name its team by July 1. A maximum of three men and three women may be nominated by any one country for the Pan Am Games tennis competition.
The Pan American Games are held every four years in the year immediately prior to the Olympic Summer Games. Over 5,000 athletes from 42 Western Hemisphere nations will compete in 30 different events. Tennis players who have represented the United States in the past include Arthur Ashe, Pam Shriver, Chanda Rubin, Patrick McEnroe, Althea Gibson, Luke Jensen, Don Johnson, Darlene Hard and Alexandra Stevenson.
At the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, the United States claimed a record five Pan American medals led by Paul Goldstein, who won the lone gold medal for the United States, defeating teammate and silver medallist Cecil Mamiit in the men’s singles final. In women’s singles, Tara Snyder claimed a silver medal while Alexandra Stevenson won a bronze medal. In men’s doubles, Bob and Mike Bryan earned the bronze medal.
Since the inception of the Pan American Games in 1951, the United States has won 20 gold medals in the tennis competition and 41 medals in total.
Teltscher’s and Graham’s nominations as U.S. coaches are subject to approval by the International Games Committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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