Wheelchair tennis is one of the kinds of tennis developed to be adapted for wheelchair users. Dimensions of courts, balls and rackets are same for both pedestrian tennis and wheelchair tennis. The two major differences in both of them are that athletes use specially designed wheelchairs in wheelchair tennis and the second one is that the ball may bounce up to two times.
The second bound of ball may also take place outside the court. It is played at Grand Slams and it is one of the sports to be organized in Paralympics. The game is played in three categories; Men, Women and Quads. Each category consists of singles and doubles tournaments. The category ‘Quads’ is for quadriplegic players and is sometimes known as Mixed at Paralympic Games. The Players of Quads make use of electric – powered wheelchairs and hold rackets taped to their hands.
The sports received popularity in 1976 by the efforts of Brad Perks who is the creator of competitive wheelchair tennis.
By: Bhavna Sharma