Parapan American Games

Wheelchair tennis

Wheelchair tennis

Wheelchair tennis

Wheelchair tennis is the Para version of tennis for people with lower limb motor impairment. Players in both individual and double events must play on a regular tennis court and remain on their wheelchairs, which have been specifically modified for the competition. One of the biggest differences between this sport and its conventional version is that the ball can bounce twice, even if one bounce is out of the court. The objective is to hit the ball into the opponent’s half of the court without them being able to return it. There are three categories: men’s, women’s and quad.

Some details

To be eligible for classification, Para athletes must have lost partial or total function of one or both legs due to conditions such as spinal cord injury, nerve damage, loss or deficit of the lower extremity, joint fusion, cerebral palsy, or other lower limb impairments.

This is the only Paralympic sport that does not have sport classes to classify the athletes. There are only specific considerations for a group ordering.

History

Wheelchair tennis first appeared on the Paralympic program at the Seoul 1988 Games.

Terminology

Fault: A serve that lands beyond the court’s boundaries or does not go over the net.
Ace: A legal serve that the opposing player fails to touch with his/her racquet.
Love: No score.
 

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