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.
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 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|
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
- Representatives from the North region – Steve Trewick and Wendy Glasper (North East Visually Impaired Tennis Club)
- Representatives from the East and Midlands 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.