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Run by the Tennis Foundation, with support from the Lawn Tennis Association and UK Sport, Ticket2Tokyo aims to attract potential athletes across the country to find those with the desire and dedication to train to become elite athletes and compete for ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
In the search for sporty and active individuals that have the capacity to develop skill under the guidance of elite level coaches in a world class training environment, 11 Ticket2Tokyo Talent ID Festivals took place at venues across the UK over the weekend of 21 and 22 September, with 80 players taking to the courts, some of whom had no previous wheelchair tennis experience.
Current and former members of the Tennis Foundation's Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme were on hand at venues throughout the weekend to inspire those who had signed up for the Festivals, including world No. 3 Gordon Reid, who joined fellow Paralympian Kevin Simpson to encuorage and pass on tips to the players gathered in Glasgow.
Jordanne Whiley, who recently became the first Brit to win a calendar year Grand Slam after partnering Japan’s Yui Kamiji to win the full set of Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open women’s doubles titles, joined former world No. 1 ranked junior Lauren Jones at the Ticket2Tokyo Festival in Sutton before moving on to meet and inspire players in Welwyn Garden City.
Read more about the Ticket2Tokyo Talent ID Festivals here. For more information about wheelchair tennis Talent ID email us at email@example.com.
About: Wheelchair tennis uses the same rules as non-disabled tennis but players are allowed an extra bounce of the ball.
Equipment: Players use a specially designed sports wheelchair to aid mobility around the court. The court, rackets and balls are not modified.
Classification: Anyone with a medically diagnosed permanent mobility related physical disability can play wheelchair tennis. There are three divisions; men's, women's and quad, for players with a disability in three or more limbs.Competitions: There are over 160 tournaments on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and wheelchair tennis is played at all four Grand Slams.
Paralympics: Wheelchair tennis has been a Paralympic sport since 1992 with the quad division added in 2004. British players compete for ParalympicsGB.
If you'd like to find out more information about wheelchair tennis Talent ID, visit the Talent Development section of our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Players on the Tennis Foundation's Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme are supported by UK Sport funding.
Click on the names below to find out more about the players on the Tennis Foundation's Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programme.