If a person with a physical impairment choses 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. There are lots of places where you can play it; have a look at the Tennis Foundation 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.
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Come and Try Sessions
A great way to get started in the game is to come along to a Tennis Foundation come and try sessions. You can expect a session full of fun and at the end of it you will be able to play tennis. Experienced accredited coaches will take you through a range of games and activities designed to get you started in the sport.
If you currently play wheelchair tennis and want to learn new skills and develop your technique under the guidance of a Performance Coach then the Wheelchair Tennis Camps are for you. The four hour camp (£15) will be led by the Tennis Foundation’s Talent ID Coach who will provide useful tips and advice on how to develop your game. The camps are also an opportunity to be talent spotted and if you impress the Talent ID Coach you may be asked to join the Performance Development Squad.