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 find your local session interactive map or click here for a list of sessions in an accessible document.
To find out more information about VI tennis, how you can get involved, sight classifications, rules of the game and coaching guidance please read our Guide to Visually Impaired Tennis (for an accessible version please click here).
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 2017 tournaments can be found below. Come and compete
|18 February||Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Tournament||Dan Maskell Tennis Centre, Loughborough University|
|8 – 9 April||Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Tournament||David Lloyd Club, York|
|25 – 28 April||Visually Impaired International Tournament||Dan Maskell Tennis Centre, Loughborough University|
|13 – 14 May||Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Tournament||The Northumberland Club, Newcastle|
|15 – 16 July||Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Tournament||Hills Road Sports Centre, Cambridge|
|26 August||Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Tournament||Sutton Sports Academy, Sutton|
|17 September||Visually Impaired Regional Tennis Tournament||Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club, Birmingham|
|14 – 15 October||National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships||National Tennis Centre, London|
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. The 2016 winners are:
Jane Thomas – Coach of the Year
Linda Almond – Volunteer of the Year
Louise Assioun – Contribution of the Year
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
- 23rd June 2016, Roehampton
- 14th October 2016, Roehampton
- January 2017 (date TBC), Roehampton
- Representatives from the Tennis Foundation
- Representatives from British Blind Sport (visit www.britishblindsport.org.uk for more information)
- Representatives from the North region – Steve Trewick from North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club (visit www.nevitc.org.uk for more information)
- Representatives from the East and Midlands region – Fiona Musgrove from Vision4Growth (visit www.vision4growth.org.uk for more information)
- Representatives from the South East region – Amanda Green and Ian Francis from Metro Blind Sports (visit www.metroblindsport.org for more information)
- Coaching respresentatives – Andy Crockett and David Vellala