Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing and most challenging of all wheelchair sports. To meet this demand, the USTA offers programs geared towards the wheelchair tennis player.
Rules are the same as tennis, except the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. An important component of wheelchair tennis is mastering the movement of the chair. While everyday wheelchairs can be used to play, sport chairs specifically designed for tennis are widely used.
One of the great aspects of the sport is that tennis players and wheelchair tennis players can actively and proficiently compete together.
The USTA Southwest Section is committed to the growth and development of wheelchair tennis through its Wheelchair Tennis and Adaptive Tennis Committee and the efforts of its seven districts. We have some talented players and advocates for wheelchair tennis (like Bryan Barten of Tucson - pictured right), but we want plenty more to get out there on the courts and to be a part of our volunteer ranks.
Contact USTA Southwest to learn more about wheelchair opportunities or to get involved at (480) 289-2351 or email@example.com.
HISTORY AND RULES
Since 1979, the sport has been promoted in the United States by the National Foundation of Wheelchair Tennis (NFWT). The Wheelchair Tennis Player's Association (WTPA) formed in 1981 under the auscpices of the NFWT, and allowed players to take an active role in the governance of the sport.
January 1998 marked the merger of the WTPA into the United States Tennis Association's structure. Since then, the USTA has actively managed wheelchair tennis activities in the country.
USTA National Wheelchair Site
ITF Tennis Wheelchair Site