Wheelchair tennis was founded in 1976 when Brad Parks first hit a tennis ball from a wheelchair and realised the potential of this new sport.
Still one of the fastest growing wheelchair sports in the world, wheelchair tennis integrates very easily with the able-bodied game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to the size of the court or the size of rackets or balls.
Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis, as endorsed by the ITF, with the only exception being that the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. The 'two-bounce rule' is written into the Rules of Tennis.
Wheelchair tennis also has an international tour. The ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour originated in 1992 with 11 international tournaments, but has grown in size and popularity with currently over 160 events taking place all over the world. UNIQLO became the title sponsor of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour in June 2014. To find out more about the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, please click here.
To be eligible to compete, a player must have a medically diagnosed permanent mobility related physical disability which must result in a substantial loss of function in one or both lower extremities.
Wheelchair tennis has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1992 and will also feature at London 2012 where there will be a total of six medals up for grabs.