Blind Tennis

Visually Impaired and blind Tennis banner

Blind Tennis often called Soundball Tennis is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a junior tennis racket and an adapted sponge ball that makes a noise when it bounces. Balls can be either black or florescent yellow to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall.

Introduction to Blind Tennis video below


The standard rules of tennis apply with just a few modifications: if you’re totally blind you’re allowed three bounces, those with partial sight are allowed two. Just like standard tennis, you can play singles or doubles. Sighted players can play against visually impaired players, but they’re allowed only one bounce and no volleying.

To find out more about what we offer or to get involved, contact Odette Battarel email: or Linda Almond:

Upcoming Tennis Events

Multisport: Tennis – 26 Sept 2021

Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub, Popes Ln, W3 8LQ.
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
07956 292 046
26th September 2021
*Booking required*
More Info

Blind Tennis: ITC – Wed 29 Sept

Islington Tennis Centre, Market Road, London, N7 9PL
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
29th September 2021
£4 for members    £8 for non-members
More Info


Metro Tennis Tournament 2021

This event is open to current Metro Blind Sport members only,  aged 16+.

By popular demand, the day will consist of a B1 singles competition and a B2-B5 mixed doubles competition. Doubles partners will be drawn out of a hat.

Date: Sunday 12th September Time:  12 pm – 6 pm
Venue: Islington Tennis Centre, Market Road, London N7 9PL
Cost: £5 per player payable on the day.

Booking required

Booking from for B1’s
Booking from for B2-B5

Meet and greet:
This will be available from Caledonian Road at 11.30 am. Please inform if this is required.


Registration will commence at 11:45 am until 12:15 pm in the upstairs Gallery
(subject to change).

Play will start promptly at 12:30 pm and finish by 5 pm.  We have three courts booked; two will be set up for B2-B5 doubles, and one for B1 singles.

 Trophies will be presented in the upstairs gallery after 5 pm.

Competition format:
We are hoping to play a round-robin format for B1 and B2-B5’s events. This will be determined by the number of entries and will be confirmed nearer the time. We aim to have a schedule of play available one week prior to the tournament. We expect this event to be popular. In the event of having to restrict numbers, preference will be given in order of receipt of entries.

 Tournament rules:
B1 players must wear eyeshades. These will be inspected by the umpires before play starts.
B1 players will be allowed up to 3 bounces, B2 up to 3 bounces, B3 up to 2 bounces and B4/B5 one bounce. 

Dress code:
White tops must be worn by all players.

A packed lunch will be provided for players, umpires and volunteers. Please bring your own water bottle.

Additional support makes a big difference by helping us deliver a great tennis tournament for all. Please let us know of any volunteers/umpires who are free to help along with any family, friends and colleagues who may also be able to assist on the day. 

General enquiries:
Please email Charlie Raven, or call on 08956 292 046.



Linda Almond Volunteer of the Year Nominee!

We wanted to share the video about Linda,  our awesome Tennis Volunteer Co-Ordinator,  that was made for the London Sports Awards 2020.

Linda Almond Volunteer of the Year Video Below!

All at Metro want to send Linda and her amazing group of volunteers our heartfelt thanks and never-ending gratitude for all their hard work,  Due to you we can offer regular blind and partially sighted tennis lessons at the Islington Tennis Centre!

Tennis Volunteers always welcomed

If you want to try volunteering for Blind tennis, please Contact: Linda Almond 
or call 07775 894136


sport Islington logo

A big thank you to Sport Islington for their help in supporting the Metro Blind Sport Tennis  sessions

What Metro can offer:

  • Regular evening practice sessions in London with a coach on hand
  • An annual national tournament in the autumn (thanks to support from the Tennis Foundation)
  • Support to achieve a coaching certificate
  • Sessions for adults and juniors. Islington Tennis Centre Friday sessions are for partially sighted players. National Tennis Centre Friday sessions are for advanced players.
  • Wednesday sessions are for totally blind players (B1) and people who have never played tennis before.
  • Subsidies to help with travel and accommodation to qualifying LTA Tennis Tournaments.


VI Tennis Regional Tournaments Calendar 2020

For more information, please contact

Call the LTA Services Team on +44 (0)208 487 7000 for an expert member of the team to assist with any queries you may have.

To use the tournament search on the LTA website you will need to register and become an LTA Member, you will  also need to  tick the disability option and choose your dates ( at the moment of writing this –  2 Dec 2019 – there are No 2020 dates available, but no doubt they will be added)




LTA Disability Competitions Calendar and Entry links

LTA Disability Competitions Calendar:

LTA Disability area:

To confirm and for latest updated info please use the contact below

Contact:  Email:

or Claire McCulloch
Disability Competitions Co-ordinator

D: +442084877124
M: +447957959057


 Tennis event page Link Below


VI Guide to Tennis

Download latest Blind Tennis guide – Word version – December 2016

Download latest Blind Tennis guide – PDF version – December 2016


Link below to the final points table for 2019!

Visually Impaired Regional 2019 Points Table

Great Britain Squad Selection Policy for Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis

The Great Britain VI Tennis Squad (GB VI Squad) is run by the LTA
to find and develop players who have the potential to win medals at
international events. PDF download link to the policy below.

Link here:


VI Tennis Development & Competitions.

Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Contacts


The Positive Impact of Disability Tennis report

This can be downloaded from the Tennis Foundation’s website link below

DOWNLOAD REPORT: The Positive Impact of Disability Tennis


Want to know more about Blind Tennis?

To find out more about what we offer or to get involved, contact Odette battarel

You can watch a video of Odette being interviewed about Sound Ball Tennis at the link below:


Latest VI Advisory Groups agreed on VI Tennis Rules 

Download: the full VI Tennis Advisory Group Document below
Feedback Word document here

See rules for more info.

IBTA Classification Rules and Procedures 2019

Link to word document



Players competing in the B1 sport class are required to wear a blindfold as mentioned in section (2.3). Only proper blindfolds or eyeshades providing ample cover around the eyes, support and light obstruction will be accepted. Makeshift or non-sport specific blindfolds will not be accepted (Example: Sleeping masks). Similarly, damaged beyond functionality blindfolds (allowing the player to peek through or under) will also be rejected. Tempered blindfolds will be ground for disqualification”

A few suggested blindfolds but NOT limited to those are:

More Blindfolds Links Below


Visually Impaired Tennis Advisory Group (VIAG)

The  Advisory Group consists of various stakeholders involved in the sport, it aims to support the development of VI tennis within the UK. The Group meet 3-4 times a year to discuss matters including rules/regulations, competitions, classifications and international engagement and to enable good communication between the LTA, players, coaches etc. about developments and issues facing the sport

Paul Gillet has recently been appointed as area rep for the south which includes Metro Blind Sport and  he would be pleased to receive news from anyone involved in the sport about new developments as well as any queries, concerns or suggestions

You may contact at any time on or through facebook. We aim also to notify everyone in good time before future meetings.

The following people have been appointed onto the VI advisory group:

Player Rep – Sidney Tambin –
North Rep – Graeme Manwell –
Midlands Rep – Phillip Hancock –
South Rep – Paul Gillett –
Coach Rep – Louise Assioun –
BBS – Logan Gray –
LTA – Liz Terry – / Dave Hardman –


Metro Annual Tennis Tournaments

Read about the Metro Annual Tennis Tournaments and a new players perspective by clicking on ‘Articles’ in the Quicklinks box on this page. For an umpire’s view of the 2012 Tournament, Visit:

Watch a video on Metro the Tennis Foundation website of metro members playing at the National Tennis Centre

To read about Miyoshi Takei, the inventor of blind tennis, visit:


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