Cleveland, OH (August 13, 2020) – Sports management company Topnotch Management announced today the signing of Jenson Van Emburgh, the top wheelchair table tennis player in the United States and the number 1 junior in the world for all wheelchair classes, to a global representation agreement. The 20 year-old is also currently ranked 11th on the pro para world ranking list and was selected to represent the United States at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, now being held in 2021.
Jenson was selected to the US Junior Para National team for 5 consecutive years prior to being named to the US Para National team in 2017, of which he is currently a member. He has earned numerous podium/medal finishes at domestic and international competitions. The Wisconsin native will be managed by Topnotch’s Joshua Freedman.
“Jenson represents the quality of athlete and character that Topnotch is proud to work with,” said Freedman. “He's a young man who has worked extremely hard and overcome unimaginable challenges to get where he is, and the ways he has handled himself as he's navigated this path is what champions are made of. We are very excited to help develop his career with us ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and far beyond.”
For Jenson, a class 3 wheelchair athlete who suffered a spinal cord injury at birth, racquet sports run in his family. His father Greg was a world-class tennis player winning 6 ATP doubles titles, reaching 8 finals, reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1990, and his older brother Jake plays Division 1 tennis at the University of Oklahoma. Inevitably, Jenson picked up a table-tennis paddle and from there it was a rapid ascent into the competitive echelons of para table tennis.
Beginning in 2012, Jenson trained under the tutelage of two well-known table tennis coaches, initially Latso Sranko, and in 2015 began working with Gary Fraiman, both of whom were named USATT Para Coach of the Year ( in 2014 and 2018, respectively). In preparation for the Tokyo Paralympics, Jenson will be training and traveling with former coach of Romanian Paralympic athletes, Vlad Farcas (currently an assistant USA para national coach based out of San Antonio, TX).
“I’m very excited to join the team at Topnotch Management and have their support as I embark on my professional career,” explains Van Emburgh. “These next years are important for me on a lot of fronts, and working with Topnotch allows me to focus on my training and performance to target success in Tokyo, as well as develop my professional career in a sustainable way. I couldn't be more proud to be the first Paralympic athlete on the Topnotch Management team.”
As the schedule currently stands, Jenson has a busy 2020-2021 calendar of training blocks and competitions at major table tennis events around the world.
About Topnotch Management: Topnotch Management is a sports representation agency headquartered in Cleveland, OH, specializing in world-class representation, service and event management in the tennis and soccer industries. TNM shares ownership with Grand Slam Tennis Tours, creating a portfolio of robust global capabilities. For more information visit www.topnotchmanagement.com or on Twitter, @topnotchmgmt.
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