Originally, Wheelchair tennis was played in the 1970’s in the USA and it appeared at the Paralympics for the first time in Barcelona in 1992. The sport is now played in more than 100 different countries.
Wheelchair tennis is like able-bodied tennis although adapted for those who have permanent or substantial loss of function in one or both legs. Para athletes are able to compete in singles or doubles in matches that are the best-of-three sets. Quadriplegic players can hold rackets taped to their hand and are also able to use electric-powered wheelchairs.
The game of wheelchair tennis has the same sized courts, balls, rackets and rules as able-bodied tennis although with two exceptions – Para athletes use specially designed wheelchairs and the ball is allowed to bounce twice, with the second bounce allowed to occur outside the court.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 100 Para athletes from 29 countries competed in 6 different medal events.
For more information on Wheelchair tennis visit the International Tennis Federation.
Wheelchair tennis is not currently delivered widely in New Zealand, but register your interest now and we will help you to find a Para sport for you in your local area!