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Wheelchair Tennis

The beauty of wheelchair tennis is that you can play with your able bodied family and friends as well as other wheelchair players. Under the rules of tennis the wheelchair players are permitted two bounces and the able bodied players one but when you are practicing you can play to your own rules to suit the standard of the players on the court.

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PARASPORTS QUÉBEC
4545 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin, Montreal, QC, Canada
514-252-3108
http://parasportsquebec.com
info@parasportquebec.com

MANITOBA WHEELCHAIRSPORTS ASSOCIATION
145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2Z6, Canada
204-925-5790
http://mwsa.ca

ONTARIO WHEELCHAIRSPORT ASSOCIATION
3 Concorde Gate, Toronto, ON, Canada
416-426-7189
http://www.ontwheelchairsports.org
btg@ontwheelchairsports.org

PARASPORT AND RECREATION PEI
PO Box 841 Charlottetown, PEI C1A 7L9
http://www.parasportpei.ca
cathleen@parasportpei.ca

BC WHEELCHAIR SPORTS ASSOCIATION
780 Southwest Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6P 5Y7, Canada
604-333-3520 ext. 201
http://www.bcwheelchairsports.com
info@bcwheelchairsports.com

WHEELCHAIR SPORTS ALBERTA
11759 Groat Road Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6, Canada
780-427-8699
http://www.abwheelchairsport.ca
wsa2@telus.net

SASKATCHEWAN WHEELCHAIR SPORTS ASSOCIATION
510 Cynthia Street, Saskatoon, SK S7L 7K7, Canada
306-975-0824
http://www.swsa.ca
swsa@shaw.ca

TENNIS NEW BRUNSWICK
P.O. Box 604, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A6, Canada
506-444-0885
tnb@tennisnb.net
www.tennisnb.net

Check out the full range of wheelchair tennis in our photo gallery below:

Introduction to Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair Tennis was founded in 1976 when Brad Parks, from St. Clemente, California, first hit a tennis ball from a wheelchair and realized the potential of this new sport. Still one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world, wheelchair tennis integrates very easily with the able-bodied game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to the size of the court or the size of racquets or balls.

Wheelchair Tennis also has an international tour. The UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis as endorsed by the ITF, with the only exception being that the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball.

The sport originated in 1992 with 11 international tournaments but has grown in size and popularity with currently over 160 events taking place all over the world.

It’s easy! Just call a friend, pick up a racquet and some balls and head down to your local park. Or just contact your local provincial wheelchair sports association for information on beginner programs. You will find the contact info in the links section of this website. You can also contact us directly at wheelchairtennisinfo@tenniscanada.com.

The beauty of wheelchair tennis is that you can play with your able bodied family and friends as well as other wheelchair players. Under the rules of tennis the wheelchair players are permitted two bounces and the able bodied players one but when you are practicing you can play to your own rules to suit the standard of the players on the court.

Very simple. Anybody with a permanent mobility related physical disability can enter a sanctioned tournament. View the full eligibility rules.

Get a racquet and some balls – Any sporting good or department stores carry inexpensive racquets (around 20$) and balls ($5) for a can. That’s all you need! No shoulder padding, no face masks, no team jersey required.

Play with your friends and family – The beauty of wheelchair tennis is that you can play with your family and able bodied friends as well as other wheelchair players. Under the rules of tennis the wheelchair players are permitted two bounces and the able bodied players one but when you are practicing you can play to your own rules to suit the standard of the players on the court.

You can contact Tennis Canada or your Provincial Wheelchair Sports Association to find out which facilities are accessible. Or you can go along to your local courts and discuss with whoever runs them how they could be made accessible for you to play.

You can even play at your local gym on a basketball or volleyball court! Portable tennis nets make tennis a truly mobile sport that can be enjoyed virtually anywhere. If you want advice on access you can contact us at wheelchairtennisinfo@tenniscanada.com.

A coach will help you improve and will be able to advise you on how to get what you want from your tennis whether you want to play with your family or if you want to compete in a local event or even on the Uniqlo Wheelchair Tennis Tour. Contact us to get the contact details of a coach with wheelchair tennis experience. If you are with a coach who has not worked with wheelchair players before, do not worry, you will have a lot of fun learning together. Tennis Canada and the International Tennis Federation produce a lot of material to support coaches working in wheelchair tennis. Get to know our coaches.

When you start playing you do not require a sports wheelchair. You can play in a day chair. You may wish to strap yourself into the chair to improve your stability. Straps can be used around the waist, knees and ankles, depending on the players balance. Many tetraplegics and quadriplegics play tennis by strapping/taping the racquet to their hand.

Click here for a guide that will help you with set up and maintenance of your tennis chair.

National High Performance

The National High Performance Program pathway is designed for athletes who are on track to meet Tennis Canada’s high performance objectives. These objectives include podium performances, specific World Team Cup results, and a pool of Top 10 ITF ranked players.

Tennis Canada provides extensive support to the Paralympic Stream or National Stream athletes in the form of financial assistance for travel or training, coaching on the road, training camps, court privileges at national training centres, and access to sport specialists and the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program.

  1. 2017 National High Performance Program Cover Memo
  2. 2017 National High Performance Program Overview
  3. Handbook
  4. Sport Canada AAP Criteria
  5. 2017 World Team Cup Selection Criteria

Resources:

Did you know that our high performance players are among the best players in the world? Get to know our players!

Here are the contacts for the Tennis Canada wheelchair tennis staff:

Janet Petras, Director
jpetras@tenniscanada.com
Tel: 1-888-541-2486, 604-541-2486
Fax: 604 541 2487

Kai Schrameyer, National Coach
kschrameyer@tenniscanada.com
Tel: 778 995 4613
Fax. 604 909 4842

Christian Gingras, Touring Coach

Wayne Elderton, Program Consultant

The Canadian Tournament Circuit consists of 6 ITF tournaments and the Birmingham National Championships. The Circuit provides international competitive opportunities from the ITF Futures to ITF 2 Series levels, and a National Championship for all to play. Additional provincial level tournaments, leagues and fun tennis days are organized regularly.

The International Tennis Federation offers a professional circuit of over 160 tournaments worldwide. They range from elite Grand Slam events played in conjunction with the able bodied professionals to Future Series events for lower ranked players.

Mens doubles final

Tara Llanes II - Credits Gerry Kripps

Sponsor & Donor Appreciation

Tennis Canada values and appreciates the generous support of its sponsors, donors, and partners.

We are thankful for our sponsors, donors, and partners support. This support is invaluable and allows Tennis Canada to provide a comprehensive menu of high performance and develop activities. We would like to thank the following corporations and individuals for their contributions.

TC1Sport Canada works to help Canadians participate and excel in sport. As part of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Sport Canada strengthens the unique contribution that sport makes to Canadian identity, culture and society.

 

The Birmingham Family is among Canada’s most staunch supporters of wheelchair tennis. Through the Tennis Matters campaign, the family has given over $1,000,000 to provide Canada’s wheelchair tennis athletes with enhanced funding and competitive opportunities.

TC4The Canadian Paralympic Committee (“the CPC”) is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations and aims to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. Their vision is to be the World’s Leading Paralympic Nation.

 

TC6The International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of wheelchair tennis, oversees the following five areas of the game:
– Administration and regulation
– Organizing international competitions
– Structuring, developing, and promoting the game

 

See you on the court!