Since the mid 1970’s wheelchair tennis has proven to be one of the fastest growing and most challenging sports for individuals (both adult/children) living with disabilities to participate in. The appeal of wheelchair tennis for many is the sport requires few adaptations, is low in cost, is easily accessible and is acknowledged globally. Wheelchair tennis not only has the potential to take athletes to the elite levels of play (ie. Paralympic Games…) but also enables both able bodied and individuals with disabilities to enjoy physical activity and competition on a recreational level together.
The rules of wheelchair tennis follow the same as able-bodies tennis except the wheelchair tennis play is allowed two bounces of the ball. The first bounce must always land within the court lines and they player must return the ball before the ball hits the ground for the third time. The wheelchair is considered part of the body there for if the ball has direct contact with the chair the point is lost. See International Tennis Federation (ITF), all rules that apply to the body also apply to the wheelchair.
For more information on leagues and tennis tournaments for those with disabilities, check out the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) website at: www.usta.com
For all the official rules, regulations and information about tournaments, visit the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) website for wheelchair tennis here: www.itftennis.com