David Wagner Wins Silver Medal In London

David Wagner win 2012 Silver Medal in Singles in the Paralympic Games in London

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 8, 2012 – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that American David Wagner won the silver medal in Quad singles competition at the 2012 Paralympics in London, as he was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by Noam Gershony of Israel in the gold medal match. This marks Wagner’s second silver medal in the Quad Singles Division at the Paralympic Games since making his debut at the 2004 Games in Athens. With the win, Wagner will be taking home his second medal of the London Games. On Thursday, he and Quad Doubles partner Nick Taylor captured their third consecutive gold medal.

As a three-time Paralympian, Wagner now has a total of six medals throughout his Paralympic career. At the 2008 Games in Beijing, he captured gold and bronze in doubles and singles respectively. At the 2004 Games in Athens, he won gold in doubles and silver in singles. He has competed in the Quad division of the Paralympic Games since it was first introduced in the 2004 Games.

Wagner is a ten-time Grand Slam champion. At the US Open, he captured two titles in singles (2010, 2011) and four in doubles with Taylor (2007, 2009-2011). Last year he captured the singles title at the Australian Open. Prior to that, he and Taylor won three Australian Open doubles titles (2008-2010).

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 785,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and helps underserved youth and people with disabilities. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page facebook.com/usta or follow @usta on Twitter.

Jonathan Waxman Wins 2010 US Open Master Chef Competition

Flushing, N.Y., September 5, 2010 – The USTA announced today that esteemed chef Jonathan Waxman won the 2010 US Open Master Chef Charity Competition on Saturday, September 4. Waxman’s Roast Chicken Panini with Basil Aioli and Greens was the best selling dish from the competition, which featured signature dishes from other top chefs including Tony Mantuano, Susan Feniger, Carmen Gonzalez and Rick Moonen. Waxman sold 385 of his paninis yesterday, and has sold 2,200 since the start of the US Open on August 30. For winning the competition, the US Open will donate $5,000 on Waxman’s behalf to his chosen charity – Citymeals-on-Wheels.

A revered chef, restaurateur and author, Waxman has helmed venerable kitchens from coast to coast – from Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., and Michael’s in Los Angeles to New York’s famous Jams in Washington Square Park. He is currently the chef and owner of Barbuto in New York’s Meatpacking District, and is working on his second cookbook, which will feature his collection of recipes based on the food of Italy.

“I love to do two things: cook and watch tennis. It was an extreme pleasure to cook with my Top Chef Master pals and to watch the greatest sporting event in the U.S.,” said Waxman. “Winning the contest is wonderful, but seeing Federer and Venus, coupled with hanging with the chef buddies and raising money for Citymeals-on-Wheels; that made this year’s US Open a perfect event.”

Waxman’s chosen charity, Citymeals-on-Wheels raises private funds to ensure no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without food or human company. Last year, contributors helped bring over 2.1 million meals to more than 17,500 elderly individuals in every borough of New York. Additionally, more than 1,500 volunteers collectively spent 62,000 hours visiting and delivering meals to New York’s elderly population.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with 750,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Olympus US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., is a minority owner and promotional partner of World TeamTennis, and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA philanthropic entity, USTA Serves, provides grants and scholarships and through tennis, helps underserved youth and people with disabilities to improve academics, build character and strive for excellence. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.