Casey in the Media
Thank you to all the writers, podcasters, and reporters who have helped me share my story and passion for wheelchair tennis.
Shuan Butcher/ 02/22/2023
Professional Wheelchair tennis player, Casey's upcoming interview will be posted here. Scroll down to check out his media work.
"Serving in the Kingdom"- Sports. Faith. Life podcast
Dr. Brian R. Bolt and Dr. Chad Carlson/ August 09, 2023
Casey Ratzlaff wasn’t born into the world of tennis, but his family loved sports. He tried them all, competing with his siblings for sports glory. Having spina bifida and participating while using a wheelchair meant that opportunities weren’t as obvious. When he tried wheelchair tennis, he played under the eyes of a former standout in the sport who told him he had a future. So prophetic!
Tim Loves the Olympics Podcast- Casey Ratzlaff
Tim Puttre- 04/21/2023
This week on the podcast, we follow the journey of Casey Ratzlaff, a 2020 Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Player from Wichita, Kansas. Despite being born with Spina Bifida, Casey has accomplished incredible feats in the world of wheelchair tennis. Throughout the episode, we delve into his journey from Wichita to the US Open and eventually the 2020 Paralympics. Casey shares his experiences, triumphs, and challenges as he navigates the world of wheelchair tennis at the highest level. Furthermore, we learn about his determination to participate in both the Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Paralympics. Join us on this journey as we gain insight into the world of Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis through the eyes of Casey Ratzlaff.
And as always, thank you for your support.
Move United Spring 2023 Edition - Wheelchair Tennis
Spring 2023 — Wheelchair tennis is a great sport for several reasons. It is one of a few sports that you can play against able-bodied athletes. That was true for 2020 Paralympian Casey Ratzlaff, who is currently the number one wheelchair tennis player in the U.S. in the men’s open division. “I just wanted to go out and be able to play with my family and friends,” he said. The sport can be played by anyone because it is basically the same sport. “It is the same court, with the same balls,” said Ratzlaff. Kaitlyn Verfuerth, a 3X Paralympian and now the head wheelchair tennis coach at Ability 360, a Move United member organization in Arizona, agrees that it is an inclusive sport. “The court dimensions are the same, the racquet is the same.” There are a lot of opportunities with wheelchair tennis according to Verfuerth. “It is one of the most professional adaptive sports,” she said. “We have our own tour and you can earn prize money.” So for some athletes, the appeal and opportunity to make a living in sports is exciting.
Redefining Disability Podcast
Shuan Butcher/ 02/22/2023
Hitting Tennis Balls With My Friends- Casey Ratzlaff sits down with Host, Shuan Butcher to share his story on the Redefining Disability podcast by Move United.
U.S. wheelchair tennis players growing in confidence at 2022 US Open and beyond
Victoria Chiesa/Wednesday, September 07, 2022
From tennis fan to world-class competitor: Though Jason Keatseangsilp's US Open debut didn't go as he wanted on the scoreboard, the 27-year-old American is only taking the positives from his first-ever Grand Slam match.
Summer of Tennis Wraps up at US Open for Ratzlaff
Casey Ratzlaff has definitely racked up a ton of airline miles in the past few months.
The summer of 2021 has been a whirlwind for the Wichita native. His Summer of Tennis journey culminates at the US Open, where the wheelchair portion of the tournament begins September 9.
The 22-year-old also made his Paralympic debut this summer. Ratzlaff cruised to a win over France’s Frederic Cattaneo with a straight-set victory, 6-2, 7-5, in his Olympic singles opener. Ratzlaff was able to break Cattaneo’s serve eight times and hit 29 winners in his debut.
Wheelchair tennis player ready to shine for US at Paralympics
KSHB Staff/ 8/21/2021
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Competing in the Paralympics was always a dream for Casey Ratzlaff — and now it's become a reality.
After 10 years of playing wheelchair tennis, Ratzlaff will compete at the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo in both men's singles and doubles.