Over the past two decades, wheelchair tennis has been one of the fastest growing and most exciting international sports for the disabled. Tennis originated in 1976 by American Brad Parks, the games has developed from recreational activity to a professional sport. The sport is played in more than 70 countries around the world.
Wheelchair Tennis Equipment
No specialized tennis equipment is required to play wheelchair tennis (a standard racquet and tennis balls are used) however a sport wheelchair is required. A sport wheelchair gives players greater mobility, balance and speed. These chairs can be built for a customized (fixed) fit or may be ordered with adjustable parts. The OWSA runs a wheelchair loan program where athletes new to the sport of wheelchair tennis can rent a sport wheelchair from us for a low monthly fee.
Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as able-bodied tennis except that the wheelchair tennis player is allowed two bounces of the ball. Anyone can play wheelchair tennis, but only those individuals medically diagnosed with a permanent mobility related disability can participate in International Tennis Federation sanctioned wheelchair tennis tournaments.
Wheelchair Tennis Programs
Wheelchair tennis is played year round. Indoors in the fall/winter and outdoors in the spring/summer. We encourage men and women to join other adults, while girls and boys can participate in junior programs. There is also a quad division for individuals with mobility impairments in three or more limbs. Some clubs provide tennis racquets and some have specially designed tennis wheelchairs for you to try.
Wheelchair Tennis Tournaments
Over 20 Wheelchair Tennis tournaments take place in Canada each year, including National and Regional Championships and 6 satellite events. There are Open, A/B, Junior and Quad divisions for men and women.