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Anyone for wheelchair tennis? Enjoy a simple introduction to playing wheelchair tennis from Paralympic legends Peter Norfolk and Ade Adepitan. Read a transcript of the video here (word, 39 KB, opens in new window)
One of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world, wheelchair tennis integrates very easily with the non-disabled game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to rackets or balls. Wheelchair tennis players are allowed two bounces of the ball and can easily play against other wheelchair tennis players, as well as alongside or against non-disabled friends and family.
One of the biggest myths about wheelchair tennis is that you have to use a chair in your everyday life in order to be eligible to play. In actual fact, the game is open to anyone with a physical disability including, but by no means limited to, spinal injuries, spina bifida, limb loss, hyper mobility and cerebral palsy.We're running subsidised camps nationwide throughout 2014 where licensed coaches will introduce you to the basics of the game, provide equipment for you to use (such as sports wheelchairs) and give you information on where you can continue playing locally. You can also find a nationwide list of wheelchair 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.
There are opportunities to enter tournaments from beginner level right up to the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour, where the world's top players compete in three divisions - men, women and quad, which is for those with a disability in three or more limbs. As well as a record 9 events in Great Britain on the 2014 ITF Tour, there is a Wheelchair Tennis Development Series open for absolutely anyone who would like to compete and there are plenty of other local events too.
We are always looking for the next British stars on the national and international wheelchair tennis tours and our Talent ID system looks to find promising talent from juniors all the way through to people who have acquired a disability later in life. Find out more on our Talent ID page.
Watch a video from a wheelchair tennis camp
You can get started in a day chair (if you use one) but you will find movement around the court improves when using a tennis chair as they are specifically designed for that purpose with an anti-tip wheel at the back and the side wheels being on an angle to help with changing direction.
There are tennis chairs available at all centres supported by the Tennis Foundation or you can contact the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust to apply for a grant to purchase your own.