Originally, Wheelchair tennis was played in the 1970s in the USA. It appeared at the Paralympic Games for the first time in Barcelona 1992. The sport is now played in more than 100 different countries.
Wheelchair tennis is like non-disabled 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 non-disabled 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.
For more information on Wheelchair tennis visit the International Tennis Federation. You can also find out about Wheelchair tennis in New Zealand on Tennis New Zealand’s site. To get started playing Wheelchair tennis, get in touch with Wheelchair Tennis New Zealand.
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