About Deaf & Hard of Hearing Tennis
Tennis Australia, in conjunction with Member Associations, is committed to embracing diversity by ensuring our sport and events welcoming, safe and inclusive for everyone. We believe that being inclusive is reflecting the diversity of our local communities and that everyone should have the opportunity to be included and engaged through tennis in a way that is positive and meaningful.
Inclusion is about providing choice for people to participate in sport in a way that they feel comfortable. As well as, mainstream tennis opportunities, there are a variety of deaf and hard of hearing initiatives that people can choose to participate in.
As well as mainstream tournaments tennis also provides a range of elite competitive pathway opportunities:
- National Camps
- Deaflympic Games
- World Deaf Tennis Championships
- Asia Pacific Games for the Deaf
If you want to understand more about the range of opportunities, activities and programs available please contact us at [email protected].
Tennis Australia is committed to increasing opportunities and accessibility to tennis for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people through:
- Engagement with stakeholders and community
- Educating clubs and coaches
- Providing pathway opportunities
- Creating equal playing opportunities through community events and tournaments
We are proud to work alongside our partners to grow the game for our deaf and hard of hearing participants across Australia and around the world. Our partners have guided us on updating policies and procedures, ensuring inclusion of people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate in tennis at all levels, whether that be as a player, official, spectator, volunteer or staff.
Deaf Sports Australia
Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) is a peak body organisation that assists Australians who are deaf and hard of hearing to participate in sport at all levels and compete at sanctioned national and international events including Australian Deaf Games, Asia Pacific Deaf Games, and the Deaflympic Games.
Am I Eligible?
Below is an outline of the Eligibility Criteria to participate in our programs and events:
|Code||Hearing level loss||Eligibility||Events|
|AU0||0-39 dB 3FAHL||Not eligible to compete in DSA- or ICSD- approved events||
|AU1||40-54 dB 3FAHL||Eligible to compete in TA State (Signature) events and DSA- approved events||
|AU2||55 dB or more 3FAHL||Eligible to compete in AU1 events, TA National events and ICSD sanctioned events||
For those who are keen to elevate their skills into national and international competitions, there are also additional pathways that lead into the Australian Deaf Games, World Deaf Tennis Championships and Deaflympic Games. In order to represent Australia at sanctioned deaf sports events, all participants will be required to meet the eligibility criteria as outlined below.
Please follow this link for the classification procedures to be classified in tennis.
Please follow this link for Tennis Australia’s AUSLAN Interpreting Guidelines.
International Playing Opportunities
ICSD World Deaf Tennis Championships
These are sanctioned events ran annually (except for the Deaflympics year) by the ICSD with international ranking points up for grabs.
ICSD Deaflympic Games
Every 4 years thousands of athletes come together to represent their country and compete in a variety of sports.
More information visit: http://www.deaflympics.com
Australian Representative Selection Guidelines
To be selected to represent Australia at either of the international events above, athletes must meet the requirements in the selection guidelines.
Follow this link to view the latest Australian Representative Selection Guidelines.
Follow this link for information on Tennis Australia’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Talent Pathway.
A partnership between Tennis Victoria and Guthrie Street Primary School led to the creation of a regular tennis clinic for deaf and hard of hearing students: