Tennis or lawn tennis is a racquet sport. It enjoys a long and proud history. The game has evolved - it's now an Olympic Sport. The rules of the modern game are easy to learn. It's played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use the racquet to this the ball over the net into the opponent's court.

The lawn tennis association (the sports NGB) says 'Anyone can play whether you're a boy or girl, 5 or 95, live in London or Lands End. This is why three million people in the UK play tennis, you only have one other person to organise!


Wheelchair Tennis was founded in 1976 when Brad Parks first hit a tennis ball from a wheelchair and realised 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 rackets and balls.

Wheelchair tennis 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. 

To be eligible to compete, a player must have a medically diagnosed permanent mobility related physical disability which must result in a substantial loss of function in one or both lower extremities.

Tennis in your area

There are 29 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.

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Joanna Cunliffe
Regional Tennis Participation Manager,
LTA (Lawn Tennis Association)
M: 07958 233715