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Watch a video about deaf tennis featuring some of GB's Deaflympic team. Read a transcript of the video here.
Deaf tennis has a long history in British tennis and playing the sport requires no adaption apart from making sure communication is clear between players, coaches and officials. People can play against other deaf tennis players, and alongside or against non-disabled friends and family.
We're running subsidised deaf tennis camps nationwide throughout 2014 where licensed coaches will introduce you to the basics of the game, provide equipment for you to use and give you information on where you can continue playing locally. Communication support is available at all of these camps and all coaches are specifically trained to work with deaf people. You can also find a nationwide list of deaf tennis sessions here.
If you'd rather give tennis a go yourself, you can simply find a friend of family member to play with and head to your local tennis courts to have some fun - visit allplay tennis to find your nearest accessible venue.
Deaf players often compete in non-disabled tournaments but if you have a hearing impairment of 55db or more in your best ear, you are also eligible to compete nationally and internationally. The National Deaf Tennis Championships are held annually and a Great Britain squad competes in the Dresse and Maere Cups (the deaf tennis version of the Davis and Fed Cups) and also at the Deaflympics every four years.
The Tennis Foundation has a Talent ID programme for deaf tennis players and runs training at the National Tennis Centre as well as performance camps around the country. If you'd like to be considered for the programme, you can start by attending camps and Talent ID days, which are run throughout the year. Please contact our National Deaf Tennis Coach Catherine Fletcher for more information.