The Tennis Foundation runs world class performance programmes in wheelchair, deaf and learning disability tennis. Run by our expert performance team which consists of some of the world’s best coaches, support staff and administrators, we discover, develop and support players with funding, coaching and expertise to compete at the highest level in their sport, including the Paralympic Games.
Our vision is to be the world leading disability tennis programme, maximising player potential to achieve sustainable world class success.
Our mission is to deliver medals and title at Paralympics, Grand Slams and major disability tennis events.
Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme
There are currently 17 players on the Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme (WTWCP) across the men’s, women’s, quad and junior divisions. These players compete regularly in UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour events throughout the year. We have a medal target of 2-3 medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games of which 0-1 are gold. Our Performance Programme is supported by Lottery funding from UK Sport. We also work closely with The British Paralympic Association, The English Institute Of Sport and The International Tennis Federation.
Wheelchair Tennis World Class Programme Training venues
The WTWCP uses two training venues, the National Tennis Centre and Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre. Regular centralised training is set up at Bisham Abbey, providing a quality training programme within a high performance training environment to support and develop players and coaches to achieve excellence and success on the world stage.
World Team Cup
The WTWCP takes GB teams to compete annually in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which is the wheelchair tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup. This year’s World Team Cup took place in Tokyo, Japan from 23-29th May.
|Division||Team Captain||Team Players||Result|
|Men||Karen Ross||Alfie Hewett, Marc McCarroll, Dermot Bailey and Paul Stewart||Bronze|
|Women||Stuart Wilkinson||Louise Hunt, Lauren Jones, Esperanza Merry||9th|
|Quad||Rob Cross||Jamie Burdekin, Antony Cotterill, Andy Lapthorne||Silver|
|Junior||Kev Simpson||Josh Cooper, Ruairi Logan, Ben Johnson Rolfe||4th|
Deaf Tennis Performance Programme
There are currently eight players on the Deaf Tennis Performance Programme. The players are supported through national training and the opportunity to be selected to compete in international events including the European Deaf Tennis Championships, the World Deaf Tennis Championships, Dresse and Maere Cups and the Deaflympics.
Learning Disability Performance Programme
There are currently five players on the Learning Disability Tennis Performance Programme and five players on the Learning Disability Tennis Performance Development Programme. The players are supported through national training and the opportunity to be selected to compete in international events including the INAS World Tennis Championships and the INAS Global Games.
Keep up-to-date with all the news from our performance players here.
To read the polices regarding our World Class Performance programmes visit our Governance page.