Defending champions Paul Ryb and Jan Reynolds will be competing in the men’s and women’s singles at the 2015 National Visually Impaired Tennis Championships at the National Tennis Centre on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October.
More than 50 players from across the country will contest the singles events, with the men’s and women’s singles open to players in the B2, B3, B4 and B5 categories. The B1 singles is a mixed event open to men and women.
This year’s National Championships will also include the first ever National Blind And Visually Impaired Tennis Awards, which will honour players, coaches and volunteers.
Ryb and Reynolds have won the tournament for the last two years. However, with participation numbers rising sharply at visually impaired tennis sessions supported by the Tennis Foundation and other local organisations, Ryb and Reynolds are likely to face their toughest opposition yet.
The sport is adapted from the full court version of tennis to a smaller court, marked out with lower nets and using an audible ball so you can hear it bounce. Depending on a player’s degree of sight they may have between one and three bounces of the ball before returning it back their opponent.
“The Tennis Foundation is committed to making tennis a sport which is inclusive and accessible to every kind of community, Blind and visually impaired tennis shows how the sport can be adapted for absolutely anyone to play and enjoy,” said Jill Osleger, National Disability Development Manager for the Tennis Foundation.
“We’ve supported an increasing number of blind and visually impaired tennis sessions across the country this year and the increase in participation numbers is demonstrated by the record entry we have for this year’s National Championships.
“It’s great that so many people are now enjoying the game and we look forward to being able to also honour some of the people who have given so much to the sport at the first Tennis Foundation National Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis Awards.”
Picture courtesy of the Tennis Foundation.