Wheelchair tennis is regulated by the same rules as able-bodied tennis through the International Tennis Federation except wheelchair tennis players are allowed two bounces of the ball. The player must return the ball before it hits the ground a third time. The wheelchair is part of the body and all rules that apply to a player's body also apply to a player's wheelchair.
Originating in the USA in 1976, tennis is the most rapidly growing wheelchair sport in the world. Today the International Wheelchair Tennis Federation has 48 member nations and has been a Paralympic sport since 1992.
To be eligible to play wheelchair tennis a player must be medically diagnosed as having a mobility related disability that requires the use of a wheelchair.
How Do You Get Started?
It's easy! Just call a friend, pick up a racquet and some balls and head down to your local park. Or just contact Wheelchair Sports NB Tennis representative for information on beginner programs.
Who can play?
Anybody with a permanent mobility related physical disability can enter a sanctioned tournament.
What is unique about wheelchair tennis?
The beauty of wheelchair tennis is that you can play with your able bodied friends and family as well as other wheelchair players.
The wheelchair player is allowed two bounces and the able bodied player is allowed one bounce.
Find local tennis accessible courts
- Abony Family Tennis Center, Fredericton (6 courts)
- Tennis Shediac
Multi Use Facilities:
- CFB Gagetown, Oromocto (3 courts)
- UNB Saint John (2 courts)
- CEPS, Université de Moncton (3 courts)