Able2Do Anything: Sports

Fancy taking up Wheelchair Tennis?

a man in a wheelchair playing tennis

With Wimbledon in full swing there are probably a percentage of us practising our racquet skills in the hope to become the next Djokovic or Nadal, just because you may be in a wheelchair it doesn’t mean you can’t hit a ball over the net.

Wheelchair Tennis is an inclusive sport, in fact it’s so inclusive you don’t have to use a chair full-time.

You can be any age, from 8 to 80, to play socially or at a professional level - anyone is welcome in the wheelchair tennis community.

If you think you have what it takes you can practise to go on to represent Great Britain at Grand Slams, Paralympic Games and the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour.

One of the most effective ways to start is with the LTA programmes which cater for those who just want to take up the sport for fun or individuals wishing to compete at a professional level.

The LTA offers the following:

LTA Open Court Programme - A leading disability specific programme embedded within 600+ clubs and venues, delivering weekly and/ or monthly disability specific sessions (e.g., wheelchair tennis). Click here for more info.

LTA Wheelchair Tennis Initiative - One-day events for young people aged 18 yrs. & under designed to give transformative experiences for players who want to discover a new sport or aspire to be a future Grand Slam and Paralympic champion. Click here for more info.

LTA Disability Competitions - A domestic calendar of wheelchair tennis competitions for players looking to take their tennis to the next level. Click here for more info.

Wheelchair Tennis Player Development Grant - a funding grant application to ignite and support young people aged 18 yrs. old & under who have a physical impairment into wheelchair tennis and/ or have aspirations to become the next wheelchair tennis champion. You can apply for a grant here

The LTA also provides programmes for people with a learning disability, vision loss and hearing loss - for more information visit their website.

[ Wheelchair Tennis was  introduced to the Paralympic Games as a demonstration event at the Seoul 1988 Summer Paralympics. ]

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