Tennis events for students with physical disabilities can be easily integrated into existing local school level tennis events in regular and post-season competition.
Over the past several years, more State High School Associations have incorporated events for students with physical disabilities into their regular and post-season competition schedules.
Who can participate?
Wheelchair tennis is played as an integrated sport, where individuals with disabilities play alongside individuals without disabilities. There are only a few modifications to the rules of tennis that apply to wheelchair tennis.
Anyone having some mobility in both arms can participate in the sport. There is no restriction on using a power-assisted wheelchair. Tennis is also often divided between junior and adult players, although there is no official restriction preventing mixing of ages in a tennis program.
Additional Online Resources
- 10 and Under Tennis
- Blaze Sports America
- Friend at Court Tennis Rulebook
- How to Start a Wheelchair Program
- International Tennis Federation (ITF)
- Randy Snow Push Forward Foundation
- United States Tennis Association
- United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA)
- United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR)
Contributing Authors: Michael Mercier (Head Tennis Professional, Harvard University)