David Wagner was born on the 4th March 1974. Losing his ability to walk after an accident off the coast of Redondo, CA, David broke his neck which damaged his spinal cord. Prior to his accident, David was a collegiate level tennis player - and upon becoming paralysed, doctors had little hope that he would ever walk again, much less play tennis.
"I first learned of wheelchair tennis in the Portland, Oregon area when I saw an ad in a Sports N' Spokes magazine for a wheelchair tennis clinic in 1999. It was run by then number 1 Randy Snow, Rick Draney and Dan James. I chose wheelchair tennis because it was a sport that I could play whilst in a wheelchair with, and against, my able-bodied friends and family".