Wheelchair Tennis

【Competition Venues:Ariake Tennis Park

  • Overview

    The equipment and rules for wheelchair tennis are almost the same as those for regular tennis. By using a variety of techniques, players return the ball accurately into the opponent's court to score points. While it is true that tennis techniques are essential to play this sport, at the same time, wheelchair control techniques (chair work) are also required to enable players to move from side to side quickly and move around a broad area.In actual games, which are very exciting, players move so quickly that it is hard to believe that they are in a wheelchair.

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    In able-bodied tennis, players must return the ball before it bounces twice. In wheelchair tennis, on the other hand, the ball may bounce up to two times. The player must return the ball before it hits the ground a third time. So long as the first bounce falls within the court, the second bounce may occur outside the court. Players are allowed to return the ball from either inside or outside the court.


    Wheelchair tennis has been an official sport since the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. Today, in addition to the Paralympic Games, wheelchair tennis events are also held at the four Grand Slam tournaments in professional tennis: the Australian Open (Australia), the French Open (France), Wimbledon (the UK), and the US Open (the US).


    Sports Event

    (IPC Announcement, September4, 2017)


    Singles - Quad
    Doubles - Quad

    Eligible impairment
    • Limb deficiency (upper and lower limb impairment)

    (As of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games )