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.
|Bundoora Tennis Club||145A Greenwood Drive, Bundoora VIC 3083||John Hampson||Ph: 0419 188 908|
|Doncaster Tennis Club||800 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, VIC 3108||Vicky Lee||Ph: 0403 129 648|
|McEwen Reserve Tennis Club||Packenham Street, Shepparton, VIC, 3630||Bruce Ferguson||Ph: 0438 571 831|
|North Sunshine Tennis Club||Dempster Park, Phoenix Street, North Sunshine, VIC, 3020||Ben Brock||Ph: 0417 105 882|
|Wodonga Tennis Centre||Cnr Melrose & Dalgleish St, WODONGA, VIC 3690||Cameron Meagher||Ph: 0422 137 891|