Blind Tennis

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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. Tennis video link here

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

Latest Tennis Events

Blind & VI Tennis: Sutton 21 Feb

Sutton sports village, Rose Hill, Sutton, SM1 3HH
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
21st February 2019
£4.10 each session - payable at reception by card only
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 Metro B1 Tennis Camp!

 Islington Tennis Centre (ITC)
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
25th February 2019
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Metro Tennis Tournament

Date:   Sunday 17th February 2019  Time:  10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Venue:  Islington Tennis Centre (ITC)Market Road, London N7 9PL

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

By popular demand, the day will consist of a B1 singles competition, a B2-B5 men’s doubles competition and a B2-B5 women’s doubles competition.

Closing Date for receipt of entries: Tuesday 5th February 2019

Registration:  9:45am to 10:15am in the upstairs Gallery. Play will start promptly at 10:30am and finish by 5pm.  We have three courts booked; two will be set up for B2-B5 doubles, and one for B1 singles.

 Trophies:  Trophies will be presented in the upstairs Gallery at 5pm.

 Cost: £5 per player payable on the day.

Entry Form:

Volunteers:   Required

If you want to try volunteering for Blind tennis, please Contact: Linda Almond

Details:  Metro Blind Sport’s annual club tournament is open to existing Metro members classified B1 – B5.

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A big thank you to Sport Islington for their help in supporting the Metro Blind Sport Tennis  sessions
You can visit the Tennis event page here:

2019 Regional VI Tennis Tournaments

The dates for the next year’s regional tournaments that have been confirmed already are as follows:

There is one new tournament which is going to be held in Glasgow at the end of July.  It would be great if players can show their support at this one as it’s new to the calendar.

  • 02nd – 03rd March 2019    Loughborough Regional Tournament
  • 06th – 07th April 2019       Cambridge Regional Tournament
  • 04th – 05th May 2019        Newcastle Regional Tournament
  • 01st – 02nd June 2019      Brighton Regional Tournament
  • 27th  – 28th  July 2019      Glasgow Regional Tournament
  • 24th  – 25th  August 2019  York Regional Tournament
  • 28th – 29th  September 2019   London Regional Tournament

Please note that due to court resurfacing these dates have been provisionally booked HOWEVER this is not confirmed and is subject to change. More information to follow.

  • 27th  October 2019              Birmingham Regional Tournament

Further details for each tournament including links to enter will be sent out by the end of the year. For now please put the dates in your diaries and look forward to seeing everyone at Nationals.

For more information contact Kirsty Thomson, Disability Competition Manager-Tournament Delivery  Email:

  • Video on Blind Tennis

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.

Check out our latest Tennis Events Here

VI Guide to Tennis

Download latest Blind Tennis guide – Word version – December 2016

Download latest Blind Tennis guide – PDF version – December 2016


Latest  Tennis Updates

The Tennis Foundation is becoming part of the Lawn Tennis Association in 2019


VI Tennis Development & Competitions.


Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Contact


Tennis Foundation Contacts -* until 2019

*please contact mark bullock above starting  in Jan 2019  as The Tennis Foundation is becoming part of the Lawn Tennis Association in 2019

  • Sam Perks is Disability Development Coordinator  or Tel.  07961 267 942
  • Kirsty Thompson is Disability Tournament Director.
    Email:  or Tel. 0208 487 7068


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  VI Tennis Rules 

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

See rules for more info.

Read about the Metro Annual Tennis Tournament 2013 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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