Tennis for blind & partially sighted people
Sound Ball Tennis – a new sport for blind and partially sighted people
Metro started running training sessions in tennis in 2007, following an impressive demonstration of the sport by Japanese blind and partially sighted players.
The game is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a short tennis racket and an adapted sponge ball that makes a noise when it bounces. Balls can be either black or florescent green to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall.
The standard rules of tennis apply with just a few modifications: if you’re totally blind you’re allowed three bounces, those with partial sight are allowed two. See rules for more info.
Just like standard tennis, you can play singles or doubles. Sighted players can play against VI players, but they’re allowed only one bounce and no volleying.
It’s a great game to play on holiday with friends and family – you just need two rackets and a ball in your suitcase!
We can offer:
•Regular evening practice sessions in London with a coach on hand
•An annual national tournament in the Autumn (Thanks this year to support from the Tennis Foundation
•Support to achieve a coaching certificate
•Sessions for adults and juniors. ITC Friday sessions are for the partially sighted players. NTC Friday sessions are for the advanced players. Sunday sessions are for totally blind players (B1) and people who have never played tennis before.
See ‘fixtures and events’ for more info.
Want to know more?
Read a view from a new player and learn about the Metro 2011 Tennis Tournament by visiting the 'articles' link on this page.
To read an umpire's view of the 2012 Tournament, Visit:
Read more about tennis for blind and partially sighted people on the Tennis Foundation website at the link below:
For the story of blind tennis, visit: the CNN website
To read about Miyoshi Takei, the inventor of blind tennis, visit: http://www.hanno.jp/matsui/
To find out more about our tennis sessions at Islington Tennis Centre, including testimonials from current players, visit ITC's website
To find out more about what we offer or to get involved, contact:
You can watch a video of Odette being interviewed about Sound Ball Tennis at the link below:
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