Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum equipment required for a wheelchair tennis program?
The minimum requirement is a tennis court, tennis balls, racquets, and tennis wheelchairs. For junior players, there are smaller rackets and lower bouncing balls available to make tennis easier to learn.
What support is there for funding wheelchair tennis programs?
The USTA provides support for junior tennis (Quick Start) equipment, as well as grants for wheelchair tennis programs at schools and nonprofit organizations. For nonprofit organizations, also look to connect with charities and other adaptive sports groups to share resources and in-kind or monetary donations.
What are some of the most important aspects of training wheelchair players?
Wheelchair players need to learn a lot about mobility because it’s harder to maneuver in a chair than it is for an athlete without a disability. There are many drills available online and in the USTA’s Wheelchair Tennis Manual. It is also important to integrate physical training routines with work on the mental aspects of playing a sport: dealing with pressure, positive thinking, self-motivation, and competitiveness.
How do I approach coaching a wheelchair tennis player?
Wheelchair players are just like anyone trying to learn a sport. Except for drills to learn the specifics of moving in the tennis wheelchair, students can be fully integrated into any group of players of similar ability. Wheelchair players are striving to reach the same goals as students without disabilities: technical skills, tactical knowledge, and psychological as well as physical fitness. These are pathways to success for all athletes.
- 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 Tennis Association Wheelchair
- United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA)
- United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR)