The 2019 Birmingham National Wheelchair Tennis Championships were a huge success for Team Alberta! Alberta had 2 top 10 finishers in the Para division with Laurie finishing 6th and Kyle placing 8th. Souheil Saab has a top 15 finish this year! Souheil had a tough match against David Lipton but pulled off a win in the third set with a final score of 6-2,4-6, 6-2, that put him in 14th spot overall! In the Quad division our newbie to tennis Zac Madell finished 3rd overall! We can’t wait to see what this program accomplishes in the future.
What’s in the game?
Wheelchair tennis a sport played in a wheelchair designed to provide great maneuverability and ability to change direction quickly. Adapted from the able-bodied game for those who have impairment in their lower limbs, tennis provides the perfect challenge for individuals looking for a sport requiring strategy and focus.
The size of the court, ball, and racket in both games remain the same in the sport, but there are two major differences between the sports. The first is the specially designed chair, and the second is the allowance for the ball to 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.
There are three categories of wheelchair tennis: Men, Ladies, and Quads. The Quads category is for people with quadriplegia.
How to Get Involved
Wheelchair Tennis is a fun, inclusive sport for all ability levels. Try wheelchair tennis at one of our Have – A – Go Days, or contact one of our staff to learn more about the sport and how to get involved.
To find a court near you visit Tennis Alberta’s web page
|Edmonton Wheelchair Tennis Club|
Phone: (780) 233-8972
|Osten & Victor Alberta Tennis Centre|
Phone: (587) 393-1600