There are more opportunities for people who are blind or partially sighted to play tennis than ever before. And we’re delighted to say, more and more people are taking it up.
The visually impaired (VI) version of the game is played on a smaller court than usual, with a lower net. We also use an audible ball so you can hear it bounce. Depending on your sight, you’re allowed up to three bounces before returning.
Give it a go. You’ll find it’s great fun and there’s a really good social side too. To find a session near you visit our inclusive venue finder or click here for a list of sessions in an accessible document.
The Visually Impaired Awards are our way of celebrating the game of VI tennis for those who are blind or partially sighted and the people who help drive this game forward – volunteers, coaches and contributors to the game. It’s our way of saying a big thank you to everyone involved in the sport.
The Awards recognise great work at local, regional and/or national level so please do nominate someone who you feel should be awarded for their valuable contribution over the past year.
“We are delighted to support the VI Awards once again this year and acknowledging the fantastic efforts of many individuals who are working tirelessly to promote tennis to the community, without them the game would not be developing so fast and with such momentum”
Jill Osleger, National Disability Tennis Development Manager
A great way to get started in the game is to come along to one of our one-day tennis camps for beginners. You can expect a day full of fun and friendship, at the end of which you’ll be able to play tennis. Specially trained LTA-licensed coaches will take you through a range of games and activities designed to get you started.
Our 2016 VI tennis camps have taken place. However, if you a player and looking for a place to play tennis for the first time please contact us to see where your local venue is (020 8487 7000 / firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our venue finder (click here to be taken through to our venue finder). If you are a venue and want to host a camp we want to hear from you.
If you have any issues booking on to a camp please contact the British Tennis Services Team on 020 8487 7000 or email email@example.com.
Come and compete
The Tennis Foundation runs an array of VI tennis tournaments for blind and partially sighted players of all abilities, junior and senior. The Regional Visually Impaired Tennis Tournaments are hosted across the UK with the National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships taking place in October. Details on upcoming tournaments can be found below.Come and compete
|23 July 2016||Regional Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament – Cambridge||Hills Road Sports & Tennis Centre, Cambridge||Report and Results|
|7 August 2016||Regional Visually Impaired Tennis Tournament – York||David Lloyd Club, York||Report and Results|
|15-16 October 2016||National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships||National Tennis Centre, London|
VISUALLY IMPAIRED TENNIS ADVISORY GROUP
The Advisory Group, consisting of various stakeholders involved in the sport, aims to support the development of VI tennis within the UK. The Group meet 3-4 times a year to discuss matters including rules/regulations, competitions, classifications and international engagement.
- 21st April 2016, Cambridge – click here to access the minutes from this meeting
- 23rd June 2016, Roehampton – click here to access the minutes from this meeting.
- Click here for an overview of vision impaired participation figures for January-April 2016.
- 14th October 2016, Roehampton
- Representatives from the Tennis Foundation
- Representatives from British Blind Sport
- Representatives from the North region – Steve Trewick and Wendy Glasper (North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club)
- Representatives from the East region – Fiona Musgrove and Alex Wheen (Vision4Growth)
- Representatives from the South East region – Amanda Green and Ian Francis (Metro Blind Sports)
- Coaching respresentatives – Andy Crockett and David Vellala
Contact details can be found on the corresponding websites below.