Tennis

Often referred to as “Wheelchair Tennis”

Like many court sports, wheelchair tennis can be played anywhere its able-bodied equivalent exists. The rules are almost exactly the same, except a receiving player is allowed two bounces before returning the ball. This also means that the sport can be played with able-bodied players with almost no modifications. That mix of simplicity and accessibility, plus an impressive intensity, make tennis an extremely dynamic adaptive sport.

How to Play Tennis

Check out the key facts and equipment info to get started, but make sure to check out the Instructional Videos to see how it really looks.

Highlights

Equipment Options

Tennis can be played using a range of chairs, mostly depending on your intensity of play and performance goals. For casual players, an everyday chair may be enough to get started, but most opt for a general sport chair or even a tennis chair.

Injury Level Considerations

Adaptive tennis is primarily played in its wheelchair format, and is usually divided into individual classes for people with and without arm impairments. A number of simple modifications exist to adapt to the needs of various types of disability.

Ease of Access

Tennis is one of the few aerobic adaptive sports that can be done entirely from an everyday chair. While you will likely eventually want an upgrade, this means all it takes is a local tennis court to get started. This simplicity also makes it a common offering at local adaptive sports programs.

Everyday Chairs

Tennis is fantastic for its accessibility from a standard wheelchair. While perfect for beginners, people will see significant performance, comfort, and enjoyment gains when they upgrade to more specialized equipment.

General Sport Chairs

A general sport chair is likely enough for 90% of wheelchair tennis players, and allows the flexibility to participate in dozens of other activities. Check out our Sport Chair resource page for all the specifics.

Tennis Chairs

Equipment Options

Check out the equipment options available. Each one varies based on level of injury, but there’s something for everyone. Try a few different styles, and decide which is best for you.

Starting to get gear envy?

The KBF Active Fund will cover up to 100% of need for eligible applicants with SCI to purchase their own adaptive sports equipment.

Instructional Videos

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