Tennis

Tennis - British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships - Saturday 21st July 2012 - Nottingham Tennis Centre - Nottingham

Tennis doesn’t just offer you the chance to develop fitness and coordination, but also to build social skills, confidence, self esteem and independence.

Tennis can be adapted according to a player’s ability so Mini Tennis with low compression balls and smaller courts might be more up your street, or you might prefer to try out Cardio Tennis to get your heart pumping.

If you have cerebral palsy, you can still play tennis with friends or family and more and more clubs across the country are now running inclusive sessions.

If you would rather come along to an organised event for your first time on court, then you can attend one of the Tennis Foundation’s many camps or festivals to get a feel for the sport with qualified coaches and staff.

Wheelchair tennis camps are run by the Tennis Foundation nationwide throughout the year as well as camps and tournaments for those who are deaf or have a learning disability.

One of GB’s top wheelchair tennis players, Andy Lapthorne, has cerebral palsy and became a double Grand Slam champion at the age of 20. CP Sport Ambassador James Shaw is a rising star of wheelchair tennis. The youngest ever GB Quad singles and doubles National Champion has his sights on competing at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

If you’d like to give tennis a go, you can find a local place on the LTA website.

If you’d like more advice or to attend an organised session, please contact the Tennis Foundation:

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Email: disabilitytennis@tennisfoundation.org.uk
Phone: 0845 872 0522
Web: www.tennisfoundation.org.uk
Twitter: @TennisFndation