Adaptive Sports Scholar: Matt Fritzie

Man wearing a fabric mask in an athletic wheelchair on a tennis court in front of a tennis net.

Matt Fritzie After his injury he graduated from the University of Arizona studying biomedical engineering and then attended Notre Dame for a graduate program in technology entrepreneurship. He is currently working in clinical research in epidural stimulation for neurological recovery at Frazier Rehab in Louisville, KY. He is enrolled in the College of Kinesiology Master’s program in Movement Science. He has been playing wheelchair tennis for three years and is heavily involved in the USTA applying for grants and helping run wheelchair tennis programs in the Louisville region. 

Tennis Career

  • Current ITF world no. 96 in quad open singles
  • Current ITF world no. 93 in quad open doubles
  • Current USTA no. 44 in Men’s B singles
  • Current USTA no. 24 in Men’s B doubles
  • 2019 USTA Kentucky Wheelchair Excellence Award for outstanding community service, on-court ability, event organization and overall promotion of the sport

Academic Career

  • Earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering with honors from the University of Arizona
  • Earned a Master’s of Science in Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Notre Dame
  • Former research fellow at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami College of Medicine
  • Successfully completed summer session in technology entrepreneurship at Stanford University
  • Former project development engineer at startup medical device company Power NeuroRecovery for neurological devices for recovery 

Personal Life 

  • Grew up in Overland Park, KS
  • C7 spinal cord injury in 2010
  • Wrote grants and helped establish wheelchair tennis programming through the University of Louisville



Matt Fritzie playing wheelchair tennis
Matt Fritzie playing wheelchair tennis
Matt Fritzie playing wheelchair tennis
Matt Fritzie playing wheelchair tennis