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Vision Impaired Tennis

Aiming to increase the opportunity for sport and recreation offerings to the blind low vision community of Western Australia, Blind Sports WA, Tennis West, Tennis Australia, and  a number of local coaches and clubs, have banded together to bring tennis to those who are blind or of low vision.

About Blind and Low Vision Tennis

Coaching and games are usually played on a standard tennis court using modified racquets and balls. The adapted sponge ball makes a noise when it bounces and are usually black or florescent yellow to give maximum contrast against the colour of the court. Depending on the participants blind or low vision classification* the rules of the game may vary. If the player is totally blind then three bounces are permitted, whilst partial sight allows for just two. Just like standard tennis, both singles and doubles are played.

Classifications

There are 4 classifications/categories of Blind and Low Vision Tennis.                                       

Classification Eligibility criteria
B1 Visual acuity poorer than LogMAR 2.60
B2 Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive)
B3 Visual 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)
B4 Visual 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.

 Find out more

To find out more about coaching and playing opportunities for people of blind or low vision please contact:

Ben Rowe, Blind Sports WA Chairperson | [email protected]

Paula Gates, Tennis West Inclusion Lead |[email protected]