What's in the Game?
Wheelchair tennis is an adapted form of the able-bodied game for those who have disabilities in their lower limbs. There are three categories of wheelchair tennis: Men, Ladies, and Quads. The Quads category is for people with quadriplegia. The size of the court, ball, and racket in both games remain the same, but they do have two key differences. The first is the special design of the wheelchair for tennis . This chair has been designed to provide the player with greater maneuverability and ability to change direction quickly. Top level chairs are also very light weight and made out of titanium. The second key difference in wheelchair tennis is the ball may bounce twice and still remain in play. The second bounce can also occur outside of normal court boundaries, however, many skilled wheelchair tennis players only need one bounce to return the ball.
Wheelchair tennis has been an official Paralympic sport since the Barcelona Summer Paralympic Games in 1992 and is also played at Grand Slam events. There is an international tour as well. The NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour originated in 1992 with 11 international tournaments but has grown in size and popularity with over 120 events now taking place each year all over the world.
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Little Aces Tennis launch
Tennis Canada in conjunction with Tennis Alberta & WSA is pleased to announce the Little Aces Tennis launch Monday April 30, 2012. The event will take place at the Saville Centre in Edmonton. 1000 school children will be partyicipating in a world record attempt to break the World's largest Red Ball Tennis Tournament. See the schedule here for more details.
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