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:

Latest Tennis Events

VI Tennis – NTC – 15 Oct!

National Tennis Centre (NTC), 100 Priory Lane, London, SW15 5JQ
7.00 pm - 8.30 pm
15th October 2019
£5 per session No need to book - pay as you go
More Info

Learn Blind Tennis 16 Oct

Islington Tennis Centre (ITC), Market Road, London, N7 9PL.
6.00pm - 8.00pm
07775 894136
16th October 2019
The first session is FREE £4 for Members £8 Non-Members
More Info

Tennis Volunteers welcomed

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


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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 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.

  • 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 Sophie Hall, Disability Competitions Coordinator is Sophie Hall and her email is

  • 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


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.

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 –


Blindfolds Links Below

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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