Tennis Training & Equipment

Training
  • With a few exceptions, the training needs of a wheelchair tennis player are the same for players without disabilities: learning the rules of the sport, different racquet grips, the basic strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, volley), and tactics are all essential topics for training
  • Wheelchair players will need to learn the specifics of moving in a wheelchair and handling a racquet while in a wheelchair
  • Coaches should expect to spend time on drills that practice patterns of chair movement
  • Wheelchair players also have additional medical considerations since they tend to have health difficulties associated with their disabilities
  • Proper hydration, keeping cool, and replenishing electrolytes are critical, as well as looking out for pressure spots, chafing, or ill-fitting equipment
Equipment
  • Standard tennis equipment applies: racquets, tennis balls, regulation tennis courts
  • Junior players are encouraged to use equipment that has been sized for younger players
Adapted Equipment
  • Tennis Specific Wheelchair: wheels are attached at an angle (cambered) to allow the player to freely swing a racquet
  • Straps or tape: players place straps around their legs and the lower part of the chair in order to stabilize their legs
  • Quad players also often run a strap around their midsection and the upper back part of the chair for the same reason
  • Specialized straps are available, but velcro straps or medical tape can be used as well
  • Adapted tire pump
Facilities
  • Facilities that host wheelchair tennis must be compliant with ADA regulations but also should be aware that tennis wheelchairs have a wider wheelbase than standard chairs
  • The minimum width for a standard wheelchair passage is 32 inches but tennis wheelchairs can require as much as 47 inches
  • Venues should be sure to have water and restroom facilities readily available and accessible

 

Guideline Table of Contents
Overview
Rules
Competition Models
Glossary
Safety
FAQs & Resources