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 fluorescent yellow to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall.

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.

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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
  • 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.


LTA Tournments
VI Tennis Regional Tournaments
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.

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If you have any further questions or wish to chat about joining, please email

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