Visually Impaired tennis
Visually Impaired tennis (also known as VI tennis, Sound tennis or Blind tennis) is one of the leading sports for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.
VI tennis was created in Japan in 1984 and has become popular across the world – it’s now played in more than 30 countries and has ambitions to become a future Paralympic sport.
This format of the game is different to traditional tennis – it's played on a smaller court with a lower net. Some courts also have tactile lines (B1 only) - so players can touch them - and players also use an audible tennis ball that makes noise so they can hear it bounce and being hit.
Who can compete in Visually Impaired tennis?
VI tennis is open to players of all ages, experience, fitness levels and abilities who have a visual impairment. There are also adaptations that allow families to play together.
In VI tennis players compete in different categories, with the B1 category having the greatest degree of sight loss. Depending on a player’s category they may have up to three bounces of the ball before they return it back to their opponent.
Find nearby Visually Impaired tennis venues
Use our interactive map below to find your nearest venue that supports Visually Impaired tennis:
|Postcode||County||Session day||Session time||Session - weekly or monthly||Email of contact||Phone number of contact|
|Bangor Gwynedd||LL57 2DG||Caernarvonshire||Saturdays||3pm - 4pm||Weeklyfirstname.lastname@example.org||No phone number to contact|
|Blackburn Blind Tennis||BB1 8QA||Lancashire||Tuesday||7pm - 8.30pm||Weeklyemail@example.com||07545762342|
|Chesterfield Lawn Tennis Club, Derbyshire S40 4TW||S40 4TW||Derbyshire||Thursday||6pm - 7pm||Every firstname.lastname@example.org||07738394785|
|David Lloyd, Cardiff, Wales,||CF23 9AQ||Glamorgan||Thursdays||1.30pm - 3pm||Weeklyemail@example.com||No phone number to contact|
|Eastbourne sports park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF||BN21 2UF||East Sussex||Friday||10:30am - 12pm||Weekly||Info@defiantsports.org.uk||07887755856|
|Edgbaston Priory Club||B15 2UZ||West Midlands||Thursdays||11.30am -12.30pm||Weeklyfirstname.lastname@example.org||07946469506|
|Gorbals Leisure Centre, 275 Ballater St, Glasgow||G5 0YP||Lanarkshire||Tuesday||5pm - 6.30pm||Every week||Heather.email@example.com||07951 539102|
|Gosling Sports Park||AL8 6XE||Hertfordshire||Wednesday||6pm - 7pm||Weeklyfirstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com||07708501839|
|Hallamshire Tennis & Squash Club, Sheffield
Run by SYVITC
|S11 8TA||South Yorkshire||Saturday||4pm - 6pm||Monthlyfirstname.lastname@example.org||07795540514|
|Halton Tennis Club, Chestnut End, Halton Village, Halton, Aylesbury||HP22 5PD||Buckinghamshire||Wednesday||12pm - 1pm||Weeklyemail@example.com||07857929886|
|Heaton Tennis & Squash Club, Garth Barn Close, Highgate, Heaton, Bradford||BD9 5PH||West Yorkshire||Saturday||3.30pm - 5.30pm||Weeklyfirstname.lastname@example.org||No phone number to contact|
|Islington Tennis Centre, Market Rd, London||N7 9PL||Middlesex||Wednesday||6pm - 8pm||Every other email@example.com||07966260089|
|Islington Tennis Centre, Market Rd, London||N7 9PL||Middlesex||Friday||6pm - 8pm||Every other firstname.lastname@example.org||07966260089|
|Manor Park Tennis Club, Albert Rd N, Malvern||WR14 2TL||Worcestshire||Monday||3.30pm - 4.30pm||Bi Weeklyemail@example.com||07711 290563|
|National Tennis Centre, Priory Ln, London||SW15 5JQ||Greater London||Tuesday||7pm - 8.30pm||Weekly - Term Timefirstname.lastname@example.org||07712168548|
|NEVITC, The Northumberland Club||NE2 3JU||Tyne and Wear||Sunday||2pm - 4pm||Every week||Play@nevitc.org||07855558014|
|Nottingham Tennis Centre, University Boulevard, Nottingham||NG7 2QH||Nottinghamshire||Friday||
1 pm - 3 pm.
This session is bookable via the Nottingham Tennis Centre app, or you can pay on the day at a cost of £11.50 at present. There are a maximum six places. Adult and junior advanced players only.
|Every email@example.com||No phone number to contact|
|Nuffield Tennis Centre||HU1 2TX||East Yorkshire||Monday||10:30am - 12:30am||Every week||Jonny.firstname.lastname@example.org||07812 472276|
|Riverside Tennis Club, Bedford||MK40 3JR||Bedfordshire||Monday||10am - 11am||Weekly||Nobarriers@riversidetennisbedford.co.uk||07989113514|
|Sound Tennis Sussex sessions at Withdean Sports Centre. Brighton||BN1 5JD||East Sussex||Sundays||2.30pm - 4.30pm||Twice a month dates email@example.com||07803 545326|
|Tees Valley Sound Tennis - Tennis world. Middlesbrough.||TS4 3SA||North Yorkshire||Saturday||1pm - 3pm||Every week||Frankierohan9@gmail.com||No phone number to contact|
|Tees Valley Sound Tennis - Tennis world. Middlesbrough.||TS4 3SA||North Yorkshire||Thursday||1pm - 3pm||Every week||Frankierohan9@gmail.com||No phone number to contact|
|West Park, Long Eaton, Nottingham.||NG10 3NL||Nottinghamshire||Sunday||
3 pm - 5 pm
Currently this is a closed group due to full capacity.
|Every week||No email to contact||No phone number to contact|
|White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon,||OX14 3PJ||Oxfordshire||Thursdays||11am - 12pm||Monthlyfirstname.lastname@example.org||01235 540700|
|Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club||WV6 0LH||West Midlands||Thursday||1.30pm - 2.30pm||Fortnightlyemail@example.com||07766220275|
VI tennis categories
- B1 – No sight, players are allowed three bounces of the ball and nets are lowered
- B2 – Partial sight and players are allowed three bounces of the ball
- B3 – Partial sight and players are allowed two bounces of the ball
- B4 and B5 – Partial sight and are allowed one bounce of the ball
Want to start competing? Check out our Disability Competitions Calendar to find out how you can get involved. You could even go on to represent Great Britain at the International Blind Tennis Championships.
VI tennis balls
Our partner LUSU have VI balls available for purchase. They've brought these in bulk and sell them to VI tennis players and coaches at cost price to help us further open up tennis. You can access VI balls below:
Game on (Performance Pathway)
Want to take your game to the next level? We’re here to support you on every step of your path to becoming the best player you can be – whether you’re looking to become a regular competitor or go on to become the next international disability tennis star.
Find out more about disability tennis, our different player developmental pathways and programmes, national and international competitions, and how we can support you on your journey.
Open Court – get involved!
Funded by Sport England and the LTA, the Open Court Programme supports more than 500 tennis venues across Britain deliver sessions for disabled people and those with long term health conditions.
So, if you’re a player or a parent or guardian or carer interested in finding out more, you can find your nearest venue here: