Wheelchair tennis is an exciting game that is growing in popularity. Tennis clubs across the country can help you get involved.
What’s this then?
Wheelchair tennis is an easy game to pick up. The rules are the same as tennis except you’re allowed up to two bounces of the ball before returning it.
You can play singles or doubles matches, and many wheelchair tennis players play against players without a disability.
Who can take part?
If you can use a wheelchair and hold a racquet, you can play wheelchair tennis. The game is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
What’s the aim of the game?
The game follows the rules of tennis, so the scoring system is the same. The aim is to win points, which build up to games, which build up to sets.
You can play one set, best of three, or even best of five if you fancy a long match.
What do I need to play?
One of the great things about wheelchair tennis is that you can play on any tennis court and use any tennis racquet and tennis balls.
Most players use a specialist wheelchair that is quick and easy to manoeuvre. The wheels are angled and there are castors at the front for extra stability.
Where can I play?
You can play on any tennis court, but there are clubs around the country with sessions catering for people with disabilities. Find your local session.
Where can I find out more?
The Tennis Foundation is a great place to start if you’re looking to get involved in this exciting sport. You can find out more information by visiting its website.