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Visual Impairment

Tennis Victoria is proud to have an award winning Blind Tennis Program in partnership with Blind Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Check out the programs below.

Adult Blind Tennis program

Junior Blind Tennis program

Blind and Low Vision Tennis follows the same rules as mainstream tennis with the exception of some modifications depending on the classification.

Some modifications include;

  • Net height
  • Racquet size
  • Ball (Audible balls)
  • Number of bounces (depending on category)

For further detail on equipment modification and Game rules- visit the IBTA Website.

Classifications:

There are 4 classifications/categories of Blind and Low Vision Tennis according to the International Blind Tennis Association (IBTA)

B1Visual acuity poorer than LogMAR 2.60

B2Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive)

B3Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.0 to 1.40 (inclusive) OR visual fields less than 10 degrees diameter and visual acuity better than 0.5 (B4)

B4Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 0.5 to 0.9 (inclusive) OR visual fields less than 40 degrees diameter and visual acuity better than 0.5.

(Source: International Blind Tennis Association)

To get Classified

Download the classification form HERE

The form is to be completed in English and by a registered ophthalmologist or optometrist.

Attach all medical documentation required on pages 2-3 of the form.

The form and the attached medical documentation may not be older than 12 months at the time of the Player Evaluation.

Once completed please send to [email protected]

Participate:

To participate in Blind and Low Vision tennis in Victoria

Name Venue Suburb Contact
Blind Sports Victoria National Tennis Centre (Melbourne Park) Melbourne [email protected]
Meehan Tennis Academy Hoppers Crossing Tennis Club/ Eagle Stadium Tarneit [email protected]
Viss Tennis Keilor Tennis Club Keilor [email protected]

National Blind and Visually Impaired National Tennis Camp

Future National Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Camps will be displayed HERE please contact Holly Tawse at Tennis Australia on [email protected] or call 03 9914 4045 with any questions relating to the camps.

To join either of the above programs please contact Blind Sports Victoria at [email protected] or contact Tennis Victoria at [email protected]