By Terry Boehmker
sports journalist NKyTribune
St. Henry High School graduate Emmy Kaiser is one of three American wheelchair tennis players scheduled to compete in the Paralympic Games which kick off Tuesday in Tokyo.
This is the third time that Kaiser, 31, has qualified for the World Games for Athletes with Disabilities which take place after the Olympics. She played in singles and doubles at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games.
According to the Paralympic Games online media, Kaiser’s first singles match this week will be against China’s Jimlian Huang, but the date and time have not been set. Kaiser is not listed in the double parenthesis.
Born with spina bifida, Kaiser began playing wheelchair tennis as a child. She began participating in the international wheelchair tour in 2004 and was a member of the USA team for the World Cup from 2009 to 2016.
In the last International Tennis Foundation World rankings, Kaiser finished 27th in singles and 28th in doubles based on points awarded in wheelchair matches this year.
Kaiser won a gold in doubles and a silver in singles at the 2011 Parapan Am Games in Mexico. A year later, she qualified for the round of 16 in singles and doubles at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, she qualified for the round of 16 in singles and lost her first match in doubles.
After graduating from Thomas More College in 2011, Kaiser earned a master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology from Ball State University in Indiana. She coaches wheelchair and able-bodied tennis players at the Blue Ash Recreation Center in Ohio and with the Cincinnati Tennis Foundation. She also worked as a substitute teacher at St. Henry.