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Wheelchair Tennis


James Pickett at Grimsby Tennis Centre
James Pickett at Grimsby Tennis Centre

Wheelchair tennis is played according to the Rules of Tennis, the only difference from the running game being that the ball is allowed to bounce twice, provided that the first bounce is within the court. Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest growing and most demanding wheelchair sports in the world. It was first played in Great Britain in 1983, having started in the United States in 1976. Nowadays, it is played by more than 6,000 people in over 50 countries.

James Pickett had difficulty keeping his feet on the footrests of his wheelchair due to his left leg being longer than his right. The Grimsby Remap panel strengthened the footrest support and doubled the size of the left-hand plate. They also provided straps to secure his feet to the footrest. This allowed James to enter tennis tournaments, his first being indoors at Nottingham.

Rob Lingard has been instrumental in creating a coaching structure for the disabled at Grimsby Tennis Centre.

The Centre has been redeveloped to include facilities for the disabled - previously there were no such facilities in North East Lincolnshire or the surrounding area.

Further information on wheelchair tennis can be found at the International Tennis Federation and in the UK at the British Tennis Foundation.

 

Page Updated:- 29 September, 2003

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