Deaf & Hard of Hearing

For players who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, there are a number of opportunities to participate in State and National Camps.

View the full list of opportunities here.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing players do not require any equipment modification. However, whilst playing in mainstream competition/tournaments, effective communication is key to ensuring players have the best opportunity to play the game.  Some tips include;

  • Face the player when speaking to them
  • Use hand signals to call the ball out or in
  • Be understanding if players continue playing the point and have not heard the call

Some players who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing may speak Auslan (Australian sign language) – you can find some tennis specific Auslan signs here.


With the support of Deaf Sports Australia, the following tennis clubs have taken part in deaf awareness and tennis specific Auslan training to support players who are deaf and hearing impaired.

Club Address Coach Contact Details
Bundoora Tennis Club 145A Greenwood Drive, Bundoora VIC 3083 John Hampson Ph: 0419 188 908

E: [email protected]

Doncaster Tennis Club 800 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, VIC 3108 Vicky Lee Ph: 0403 129 648

E: [email protected]

McEwen Reserve Tennis Club Packenham Street, Shepparton, VIC, 3630 Bruce Ferguson Ph: 0438 571 831

E: [email protected]

Wodonga Tennis Centre Cnr Melrose & Dalgleish St, WODONGA, VIC 3690 Cameron Meagher Ph: 0422 137 891

E: [email protected]

For further information, visit Deaf Tennis Australia: or contact [email protected].