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.
Tennis event page Link Below
Latest Tennis Events
Tennis Volunteers welcomed
If you want to try volunteering for Blind tennis, please Contact: Linda Almond
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
The LTA are really excited to announce that there will be 11 Regional VI Tournaments in 2020!! Most dates are now finalised with just a few of the ones at the end of the year needing to be confirmed by venues.
Hopefully, these extra tournaments might mean some of you don’t need to travel so far to compete as we have a nice spread of where the new ones are taking place.
- 21 – 22 March – Newport VI Tennis Tournament Newport Tennis Club
Contact: Chris George email@example.com
- 10 – 11 April – Loughborough VI Tennis Tournament Loughborough Uni Contact: Shloka Kalro firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2 – 3 May – Newcastle VI Tennis Tournament (Northumberland Club) Contact: Graeme Manwell email@example.com
- 30 – 31 May – Brighton VI Tennis Tournament Virgin Active, Brighton Contact: Paul Gillett firstname.lastname@example.org
- 6 – 7 June – Worcestershire VI Tennis Tournament (Malvern Tennis Club) Contact: Neil Bates email@example.com
- 18 – 19 July – Cambridge VI Tennis Tournament Hills Road Sports Centre Contact: Fiona Musgrove firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 – 2 Aug – Gosling VI Regional Tennis Tournament (Welwyn Garden City) Gosling Tennis Centre Contact: Phil Martin Phil.Martin@GLL.ORG
- 5 – 6 Sept – Leeds VI Tennis Tournament (JCCS Tennis Centre) JCCS Tennis Centre Contact: Nick Smith Nicholas.Smith2@leeds.gov.uk
- Sep (late) date – TBC– London VI Regional Tennis Tournament (NTC) Contact: Lee Neale email@example.com
- 17 – 18 Oct – Glasgow VI Regional Tennis Tournament (Newlands Tennis Club) Contact: Lesley Whitehead firstname.lastname@example.org
- 1 Nov date – TBC – Birmingham VI Tennis Tournament (Priory Club) Contact: Simon Lancaster email@example.com
- 20 Nov – Wrexham VI National Final – (Wrexham Tennis Centre) Contact: Liz Terry firstname.lastname@example.org
Metro would always advise to phone or email the event contacts to confirm there have been no last-minute changes or cancellations.
For more information, please contact Liz.Terry@lta.org.uk
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: https://blindsport.uk/LTAVIComps
LTA Disability area: https://blindsport.uk/LTAVITennis
To confirm and for latest updated info please use the contact below
Contact: Email: email@example.com
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!
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: https://blindsport.uk/VISquadPolicy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can watch a video of Odette being interviewed about Sound Ball Tennis at the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGOjB5ZVSj4
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 https://blindsport.uk/IBTARules2019
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 email@example.com 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 – Sidney.Tambin@googlemail.com
North Rep – Graeme Manwell – firstname.lastname@example.org
Midlands Rep – Phillip Hancock – Philhancock1979@aol.com
South Rep – Paul Gillett – email@example.com
Coach Rep – Louise Assioun – firstname.lastname@example.org
BBS – Logan Gray – email@example.com
LTA – Liz Terry – Liz.Terry@lta.org.uk / Dave Hardman – David.firstname.lastname@example.org
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: http://www.csp.org.uk/frontline/article/viewpoint-tennis-anyone
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:http://www.hanno.jp/matsui/