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How to use tennis sign language


Game, set, match. I’m pretty sure we’re all aware of what this means, right? But do you know to convey it in sign language?

Well, if you’re reading this and now you find yourself thinking, ‘wait, how do deaf tennis players score? Or how do they communicate with one another on court?’ We’ve got you covered.

The LTA’s National Deaf Tennis coach, Cathy Fletcher, leads the way in educating us on some simple signs that will be useful on the tennis court in support of Deaf Awareness Week.

Learn how to use tennis sign language

Featuring the men’s doubles world No.1, Joe Salisbury, and Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup stars, Emma Raducanu, Harriet Dart, Katie Swan and Sonay Kartal; the British players are on hand to help Cathy demonstrate various ways in which you can communicate on court.

Covering everything from the scoring system to basic stroke terms and good sportsmanship, Cathy and the players step up to show us how it’s done.

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