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Follow the Great Britain vision impaired tennis team in Spain

Great Britain vision impaired tennis team in Spain

Above photo of the first Great Britain vision impaired tennis team

Nikhil Nair, Yvette Priestley, David Deas, Wendy Glasper, Chris Baily and Brenda Cassell are the first ever visually impaired players to represent Great Britain on the international stage.

original article by tennisfoundation

Former National champion Nair made it two out of three wins on the opening day of B1 men’s singles competition. His fourth pool match is scheduled for Tuesday’s second day of play.

Nikhil Nair
Nikhil Nair

With Great Britain’s players experiencing the level of international competitors in person for the first time, Nair narrowly slipped to a 5-4(5) loss to Japan’s Toshio Oshiro from Japan after a deciding tie-break.

Nair went on to claim the first ever victory for a Great Britain player in an international blind tennis tournament, earning a dominant 4-0 win against Italy’s Enzo Petrini in his second match after a succession of return winners.

The Cambridge 41-year-old edged a tie-break in his third match of the day. Nair beat Germany’s Robert Jaurichm, winning 5-4 (6) after serving an ace on sudden-death point.

Yvette Priestley
Yvette Priestley

Yvette Priestley’s first B1 women’s singles match ended in a 5-3 loss to Germany’s Chris Kaplan. The German player found her best tennis when needed. Priestley also continues her round-robin contests on Tuesday.

The B2 and B3 matches begin on Tuesday. Brenda Cassell, Wendy Glasper and David Deas contest B2 events and Chris Baily will be in action in B3 competition.



Blind Tennis International Tournament: Spain 2017

Tennis Foundation 2016

As you are aware the UK VI Tennis International Tournament has been postponed but we are pleased to announce that the Tennis Foundation will be sending a GB team to the Blind Tennis International Tournament: Spain 2017.

The GB team will consist of one male and one female in each category (B1, B2 and B3 categories are permitted at the tournament). A Selection Panel has been created and selected six players for the tournament (one in each category).

They have also selected 1-2 reserve players for each category. The Selection Policy for the International Tournament in Spain can be found on the Tennis Foundation website here –

Download: Selection Policy

We are in the process of contacting the players to see if they are available for the tournament and getting them reclassified via the new IBTA classification rules (i.e. using LogMAR).

IBTA will not be accepting individual entries for the tournament and all players need to be confirmed by the representative of each country.

For more information on the International Tournament please visit http://ibta-takei.com/blind-tennis-international-tournament-spain-2017. Please note the Tennis Foundation will be unable to answer individual enquires regarding the international tournament.

Upcoming Competitions

Please find a list of Regional VI Tennis Competitions taking place over the next few months below.

Date: 8 – 9 April   Venue: David Lloyd Club, York  – Online entry form

Date: 13 – 14 May   Venue: The Northumberland Club, Newcastle  – Online entry form

Upcoming Camps and Taster Sessions

The Northumberland Club, Newcastle will be hosting a VI tennis camp on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April 2017 for B2-B5 Players. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your game in time for a busy few months of competitions.

 Download:  Vision Impaired Tennis Camp Application form   – word Document

Download:   Vision Impaired Tennis Camp Information   – word Document

The Tennis Foundation will be working with British Blind Sport (BBS) to deliver tennis at their Have a Go Days.

This is a great opportunity for new players to try tennis and be signposted to their nearest sessions. For more information on BBS’ Have a Go Days please visit www.britishblindsport.org.uk/have-a-go-days/enter-title-he.

If you wish to find your nearest VI tennis sessions please enter your postcode on the interactive venue finder map on our website found here – http://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/play-tennis/find-an-inclusive-venue/.

Or alternatively visit our accessible version of the map found here – http://www.tennisfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Venue-and-session-finder-accessible-version.docx.