The fact that wheelchair tennis integrates easily with the able-bodied game is certainly a plus. The only major difference in rules is that a wheelchair-bound player is granted two bounces of the ball, and able-bodied players only one, thus disabled players can easily practice and play with their friends and family.
If you are interested in learning the game, you should:
We can connect you to players and a programme in your area.
Contact your local club.
You can join and play social tennis and leagues. If the courts are not accessible, please discuss with them possible ways of making these facilities accessible for you to play.
Find a coach.
A coach will help you reach your tennis goal, whether this may be becoming an internationally ranked player or just an able social player. WTSA can connect you with a coach within our national network or can upskill your local coach to be able to mentor wheelchair players.
Get a sports chair.
To begin with you can play with a day chair, and use strapping to improve your stability if necessary. Strapping is typically used around the waist, knees and ankles, depending on the players balance, while many tetraplegics and quadriplegics play tennis by strapping/taping the racket to their hand. Contact WTSA for advise on the availability and suitability of tennis wheelchairs.