Karin Korb

Karin Korb (born 1967) is a retired American wheelchair tennis player of German parentage who competed in international level events. She has participated at the Summer Paralympics twice. She was the first disabled person to receive a Division I athletic scholarship to Georgia State University to play intercollegiate wheelchair tennis.[1][2] Prior to entering Georgia State and earning her master's degree there, Korb graduated with a bachelor's counterpart from Division III and thus non-scholarship Kean University in her birth state, New Jersey.[3]

Karin Korb
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceBirmingham, Alabama, United States
Born1967 (age 53–54)
Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Turned pro1999
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CollegeKean University (undergraduate)
Georgia State University
Highest rankingNo. 11 (June 12, 2000)
Other tournaments
Paralympic Games1st Round (2000, 2004)
Highest rankingNo. 11 (August 7, 2000)
Other doubles tournaments
Paralympic Games1st Round (2004)

When she was 17, Korb broke her back after falling badly from a gymnastics vault which left her paralyzed from the waist down and has used a wheelchair since the accident. Raised in Clifton, New Jersey, she graduated from Clifton High School, where she was chosen as homecoming queen in her senior year.[4]

Korb played tennis at the age of 27.[5][6][7] She is a feminist since she was 10.[7]


  1. ^ "Karin Korb - Strong Nation". Strong America. July 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "Karin Korb - ITF Profile". International Tennis Federation. July 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "HCHSA Insider: Karin Korb pays it forward with paralympic athletes". Texas Sports Nation. Houston Chronicle. September 21, 2018. Retrieved November 4, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Washburn, Lindy. "Invincible Karin battles the odds", The Record, November 4, 1984. Retrieved July 12, 2020. "This year's Clifton High School homecoming queen, a 17-year-old senior named Karin Korb, seems to have everything going for her everything, that is, except use of her legs."
  5. ^ "Meet Two-Time Paralympian Karin Korb". Style Blue Print. July 10, 2020.
  6. ^ "Life Enrichment". Atlanta Best Self Magazine. July 10, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Here's what Karin Korb wants you to know about people with disabilities". AL.com. January 7, 2020.