Wheelchair tennis is a really exciting game. There are lots of places where you can play it – click here to find a wheelchair session near you.
Wheelchair players can play with non-disabled players. The only rule change is that if you’re in a wheelchair, you’re allowed up to two bounces of the ball before returning it.
You don’t even need to be a wheelchair user to play it.
In fact, you don’t have to use a wheelchair at all. Ambulatory tennis (playing on your feet or prosthetics) is another way of playing the game that might be right for you.
Come and Try Sessions
A great way to get started in the game is to come along to one of our come and try sessions. You can expect a session full of fun and at the end of it you will be able to play tennis. Experienced accredited coaches will take you through a range of games and activities designed to get you started in the sport.
If you have any issues booking on to a come and try session please contact the British Tennis Services Team on 020 8487 7000 or email email@example.com.
All camps for 2017 have taken place. Our Push2Podium programme is running during the Autumn and all the festivals are FREE to anyone of any age or ability.
If you currently play wheelchair tennis and want to learn new skills and develop your technique under the guidance of a Performance Coach then the Wheelchair Tennis Camps are for you. The four hour camp (£15) will be led by the Tennis Foundation’s Talent ID Coach who will provide useful tips and advice on how to develop your game. The camps are also an opportunity to be talent spotted and if you impress the Talent ID Coach you may be asked to join the Performance Development Squad.
If you have any issues booking on to a camp please contact the British Tennis Services Team on 020 8487 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Game Selection Camps
A series of selection camps set up for players aged between 12-18. It will give players a chance to represent their home nation at the National School Games Finals hosted at Loughborough University. You must live in the ‘Home Nation’ that you choose to represent. To be considered for selection a player must attend a minimum of one camp for that team unless an exceptional circumstance has been agreed with me in advance. Players may attend more than one camp/region if they wish to, but they certainly do not have to!
- Sunday 29th April at Ingle Pingle (Loughborough) 10-12pm or 1-3pm players may go for the whole day or just one part.
- TBC dates at South Ribble Tennis Centre (Preston) 10-12pm or 1-3pm players may go for the whole day or just one part.
- Sunday 10th June at Ingle Pingle (Loughborough) 1-4pm
- Sunday 29th April at Whitehorse Tennis and Leisure Centre (Oxford)
- Sunday 6th May at Easton Tennis Centre, Easton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR95DX
10-12pm and 1-3pm players may go for the whole day or just one part.
- Sunday 29th April at Cardiff Met Indoor Tennis Centre, Cyncoed Road, Cyncoed Campus, CF236XD. 1-4pm
- Saturday 23rd June at Arfon Tennis Centre, Bethel Rd, Caernarfon, LL551DY, 11-2pm
- Taunton and Bristol camp to be added
- Sunday 13th May at Stirling University 1-4pm
- Sunday 3rd June at Stirling University 1-4pm
Come and compete – there’s a competition for everyone!
The Tennis Foundation runs an array of wheelchair tournaments for players of all abilities, junior and senior. The National Wheelchair Tennis Series consists of 11 local tournaments across the UK. There is a main draw where players collect points but also a Novice division for anyone who hasn’t competed before. For those looking to compete at an International level there are ITF events including Futures, ITF 1/2/3s and the British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships.
- The Weald Open 11 April – There will be a wheelchair draw as part of the 2018 Weald Open hosted in Weald Lawn Tennis & Squash Rackets Club, West Sussex. Enter online via the LTA website, tournament code SUS18S0332
- The Paul Singleton Cup 22 April – Grantham Tennis Club are hosing The Paul Singleton Cup ’18, a fun wheelchair event, singles, doubles and junior draws. To enter RSVP email@example.com
- Bucks Tennis Fun Wheelchair Challenge 29 April – Fast 4 format, Bucks Tennis are hosting Bucks Tennis Fun Wheelchair Challenge Event at Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre. To enter firstname.lastname@example.org
Push2Podium is our exciting wheelchair tennis Talent ID programme! If you’ve been inspired by the likes of Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Alfie Hewett and want to take up the game then get yourself along to a Push2Podium festival.
Festivals take place in the autumn of each year; for more information please click.
Fast track for talent
If you’ve got the talent to progress from playing for fun to competing at the highest level of wheelchair tennis, the Game On guide is for you. It gives you the lowdown on the different pathways you can follow to reach the summit of the sport. There’s also information for coaches to help them identify players who could perform well in the elite player programme. Please click here for an accessible version of the Game On guide.
Wheelchair Setup and Maintenance
The Tennis Wheelchair Setup and Maintenance Guide (for an accessible version of the Guide please click here) is for coaches and players who want to know more about maximising performance by adapting the wheelchair to suit the needs of the participant. The Guide provides tips on how you can make changes to the wheelchair setup to: improve comfort, increase court speed, increase shot power and reduce the risk of injury.