Wheelchair tennis is a form of tennis designed for wheelchair users. The size of the court, the height of the net, and the rackets are the same, but there are two major differences compared to walking tennis: the players use a specially designed chair and the ball can bounce up to two times, with the second bounce out. the court.
Wheelchair Tennis Beginning
Wheelchair tennis came into existence in 1976 when a young man by the name of Brad Parks became paralyzed after a freestyle skiing accident.
USTA / ITF Rules of Wheelchair Tennis
Understanding the difference as it applies to the wheelchair player.
- The ITF rules shall apply to Main and Second Draws (open) while USTA rules shall apply to Divisional play (A, B, C).
- The Two Bounce Rule (USTA/ITF)
- The wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The player must return the ball before it hits the ground a third time. The second bounce can be either in or out of the court boundaries.
Events in 2024
The wheelchair tennis events will take place between the 30th of August and the 7th of September 2024.
- Singles (women’s, men’s)
- Doubles (women’s, men’s)
- Singles quad (mixed)
- Doubles quad (mixed)
Venue in 2024
Welcome to the legendary stadium. An international sports venue, Roland-Garros, will be the main venue of the 2024 Paris Games, writing a new page in its history, and not only around the yellow balls.
Para Table Tennis
There are a total of 11 classes (five sittings, six standing), TT1-5 for seated athletes, TT6-10 for standing athletes, and TT11 for athletes with mental disorders. Tennis players who have difficulty holding the racquet can use braces to secure the racquet to their hand or use a strap to hold only the handle.
Wheelchair Tennis Categories
Athletes are divided into two categories:
- “Open”: athletes with lower limb impairment.
- “Quad”: athletes with both upper and lower limb impairment.