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If a person with a physical impairment chooses to use a sports chair they are joining 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 is a really exciting game and there are lots of places where you can play it. Have a look at the LTA website to find a wheelchair session near you. Wheelchair players can play with non-disabled players. The only rule change is that if you’re in a wheelchair, you’re allowed up to two bounces of the ball before returning it.
You don’t even need to be a wheelchair user to play it. In fact, you don’t have to use a wheelchair at all. Ambulatory tennis (playing on your feet or prosthetics) is another way of playing the game that might be right for you.
Anyone for Wheelchair Tennis?
Wheelchair Tennis is a sport that provides individuals and their family and friends with many opportunities to play and compete – all whilst having fun. The greatest thing about Wheelchair Tennis is the only adaptation is that players in a chair are allowed up to two bounces.
Wheelchair Tennis is easily adaptable; you can play with your family, friends and also non-disabled people. Our sport is also great at improving your physical, mental and social wellbeing, and individual development with great career opportunities from playing to coaching.
Haven’t got your own sports wheelchair? Not to worry, the events and venues across the country will have access to their own stock of wheelchairs that are readily available to use for new players. Whether you are a full time wheelchair user, ambulant, new to tennis or have not picked up a racket in a while, why not give it a try!
The LTA Wheelchair Tennis Initiative 2022
Could you be a future Wheelchair Tennis champion? The LTA is set to host a number of indoor one day-events across Great Britain this year. The events will be delivered by our passionate, friendly and experienced LTA Performance Wheelchair Tennis coaches, where you will have the opportunity to learn and develop new qualities, skills and attributes for tennis. Each of the days will run for approximately three hours following fun and engaging content for players of all standard, experience, age and ability.
"The Wheelchair Tennis Initiative aims to inspire, attract and engage people with physical impairments into Wheelchair Tennis who may want to just give it a go or have aspirations to be our next Wheelchair Tennis Champion." (LTA)
To ensure you experience all the benefits of tennis, following the one-day event we will provide you with suitable and appropriate signposting opportunities to tennis venues local to you which will help you develop as an individual and as a player, with opportunities to meet new people and friends.
Who is it for?
These events are open to players who aspire to be a champion and:
- Aged 8 – 30 yrs.
- Have a physical disability
- Nottingham Tennis Centre, Nottingham: Sat. 16th July
- Easton Tennis Centre, Norwich: Sat. 6th August
- Wrexham Tennis Centre, Wales: Sat. 13th August
- Silksworth Community Pool & Tennis Centre, Sunderland: Sun. 14th August
- Exeter Tennis Centre, Exeter: Sat. 27th August
- John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds: Sat 10th September
- Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham: Sun. 25th September
- Scotstoun Leisure & Tennis Centre, Glasgow: Sun. 2nd October
- Hills Road Sports & Tennis Centre, Cambridge: Sun 9th October
- National Tennis Centre, London: Sat. 15th October
Find out how to get involved in wheelchair tennis with the LTA:
The LTA is the National Governing Body for tennis in Great Britain, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. We’re here to govern and grow tennis in Britain, from grassroots participation through to the professional game. We play an important part in ensuring the popularity and future of our sport. Our vision is tennis opened up; we’re working towards a future where tennis is truly a sport for all.
For all enquiries related to Wheelchair Tennis, please email email@example.com.