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Tennis: IBTT 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

International Blind Tennis Tournament 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

International Blind Tennis Tournament  (IBTT) 2019 by Naqi Rizvi

I got a chance to compete in the World Championships of VI Tennis for a second time, this time around in Alicante Spain. I arrived on the 9th of June and returned back to the UK on the 16th. The seven glorious days I spent there involved chilling in the hotel and the internal water park, practising before the tournament and actually playing! the first two days were full of classification which left me with lots of free time as I am classified as a B1 for life.

My category of B1 males had 20 people from several different countries. The tournament overall had 87 players from 15 countries and six continents, and I was the third seed for the draws. My opponents at the group stage included Italy, Germany and Ireland. I luckily won all my matches by breaking serve and consequently avoiding a tie-break. I came out at the top of my group and then played in the quarterfinals against Argentina.

I won that too and played my semi-final against the worlds number 1 from Japan, which I lost 6-3. However, I gave my great opponent a tough time, and we hugged each other after the match was over. I then went on to play my 3rd and 4th play-off match against another German opponent which I won 6-3. That left me in third place and given that my group was the biggest (20 people), I am very proud of coming 3rd.

Moreover, most countries had managers and coaches who worked with them before and during the tournament, a luxury that I wasn’t afforded as I was the sole representative of my country. As there were eight courts beside each other, quiet was a luxury, but I gave it my best and really enjoyed the experience.

It was great to see so many players and such good tennis in many instances. The overall vibe was also great despite some issues, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself with the GB team that adopted me and also met many players/officials from other countries that I had met last year. I had a great time and would love to go year after year, becoming the world champion soon!

I must say a massive thank you to Metro Blind Sport, Highgate Tennis CLub, the Globe and Stanmore Jaffaries for helping me improve my game and also sponsorship which allowed me to go to Spain and also do well.  I hope to make you all even prouder and hope to become an even better player who consistently does well!  –  article by Naqi Rizvi

Article by Naqi Rizvi

 

Help Naqi raise some funds for not on but 2 Charities

Naqi” I’m abseiling 156m down the Iconic 1CP Building for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal because mental health affects each one of us!
Link to donate: https://blindsport.uk/MentalHealthDonate 

Naqi’s 2019 Prudential RideLondon Surrey 46 page
To help contribute towards research and Raising funds for Children with Cancer UK because I want no child to suffer from this disease
Link to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/naqi-rizvi

 

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March!

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March at the RNIB

Metro Blind Sport will be holding the Tennis AGM on Thursday 7 March at the RNIB on Judd St!

This is for our blind and partially sighted Tennis players to come to give feedback and reflect on the year gone by and to give Ideas and suggestions to further develop sessions and events for the coming years and to hear what is going on the National and international scene.

Venue: RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019  Time:   6.00 pm  to 7.00pm

Social:  After the AGM we will then go to a nearby Pub for food and drink!

Contact:  odette.battarel@londonvision.org

RNIB phone:  0303 123 9999

We look forward to catching up with you all over some food and drink!

Odette Battarel

 

 

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March

Tennis AGM & Social 7 March at the RNIB
Venue:
RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE
Time:
6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Phone:
Date:
07th March 2019
Cost:
Free, food and drink not included.


Metro Blind Sport will be holding the Tennis AGM on Thursday 7 March at the RNIB on Judd St!

This is for our blind and partially sighted Tennis players to come to give feedback and reflect on the year gone by and to give Ideas and suggestions to further develop sessions and events for the coming years and to hear what is going on the National and international scene.

Venue: RNIB, Room 4, 105 Judd St, London WC1H 9NE

Date: Thursday 7 March 2019  Time:   6.00 pm  to 7.00pm

Social:  After the AGM we will then go to a nearby Pub for food and drink!

Contact:  odette.battarel@londonvision.org

RNIB phone:  0303 123 9999

We Look forward to catching up with you all over some food and drink!

Odette Battarel

 

 

Blind Tennis Session – Fri 13 Oct!

Blind Tennis Session Islington
Venue:
Islington Tennis Centre (ITC), Market Road, London, N7 9PL.
Time:
6.00pm - 8.00pm
Phone:
N/A
Date:
13th October 2017
Cost:
The first session is FREE £4 for Members £8 Non-Members


Islington Blind Tennis  Session 

  • First Session is FREE
  •  £4 for Members
  • £8 Non-Members

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

  • 3 courts on Fridays

Important! if you are a Totally Blind  or a beginner Tennis player and you want to be met at the station please let the contact below know by Wednesday for the Friday Session

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 contact: Odette Battarel  Email: odetteb@pocklington-trust.org.uk
or Amanda Green: amanda.green@metroblindsport.org 

If  you want to try volunteering for Blind tennis, please Contact: Linda Almond
Email:  almondall@aol.com

Blind Tennis

Is often called Soundball Tennis and 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. Blind Tennis video link here

Want to know more about Blind Tennis?

To find out more about what we offer or to get involved, contact Email: odetteb@pocklington-trust.org.uk

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  Blind Tennis Rule below

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: 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/

Blind Tennis Session – Fri 27 Oct!

Free VI Tennis session at the Globe Tennis Club – 28 July!

Venue:
Globe Tennis Club, 190a Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2AL.
Time:
11.30 - 13.30
Phone:
07951 190 805
Date:
28th July 2017
Cost:
FREE


Free Partially Sighted Tennis session at the Globe Tennis Club

Free 2 hour session

Date: Friday 28th July Time: from 11:30 am

Venue: Globe Tennis Club, 190a Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2AL.

If interested contact Robert Deane directly – 07951 190 805 or robertdeane1950@hotmail.co.uk

Nearest transport

Belsize Park Underground Station – 1-minute walk  (club entrance is beside station)

Hampstead Heath Overground Station – 10 minutes walk

Buses – C11  & 168 stop at Belsize Park Underground Station; 46 & 268 stop nearby

Directions from Belsize Park Station – Turn right out of the station and walk 5 – 10 metres on the same side of the road up Haverstock Hill then turn right (90 degrees) along a short road between tube station building on right and a construction site on left.  The Club is 50 metres straight ahead.

If players come to Hampstead Heath Overground Station Robert can meet them there.

Subject to interest from players Globe Tennis Club is intending to start fortnightly evening session on Fridays, alternating with Islington Tennis Centre, later this summer.