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.
On Saturday 4 November 2017 Tennis Oxfordshire is holding our first wheelchair tennis festival at the White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon.
This is a great opportunity to try wheelchair tennis – and will see the debut of the specialised wheelchairs Tennis Oxfordshire has bought to encourage and assist more players into the sport. Find out more and how you can get involved here.
Visually Impaired Tennis
The visually impaired (VI) version of the game is played on a smaller court than usual, with a lower net. We also use an audible ball so you can hear it bounce. Depending on your sight, you’re allowed up to three bounces before returning. Give it a go.
There’s nothing to stop deaf or people with hard of hearing enjoying tennis to the full. If you feel confident enough to give it a go yourself, just pop along to a tennis club near you and see what’s on offer.
A great way to get started in the game is to come along to one of the one-day tennis camps for beginners organised by the Tennis Foundation. You can expect a day full of fun and friendship, at the end of which you’ll be able to play tennis. Specially trained LTA-licensed coaches will take you through a range of games and activities designed to get you started.
The Foundation’s 2016 tennis camps have taken place. However, if you are a player and looking for a place to play tennis for the first time please make contact to see where your local venue is (020 8487 7000 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our venue finder (click here to be taken through to our venue finder). If you want to have a go in 2017, the Tennis Foundation will have a full programme on its website early in the New Year.