Disability Tennis

Watch a video showcasing how tennis can be adapted to suit anyone from grassroots level through to elite competition. 


What do we mean by disability tennis?

Disability tennis is simply the general term we use to describe the various adaptions of tennis that are on offer for disabled people to have fun playing. 

Tennis is a completely inclusive sport with everyone being able to participate in tennis in its full format or when adapted and the most well-known versions are deaf, learning disability, wheelchair and visually impaired tennis. But social play isn’t restricted to a particular type of tennis, disabled people can play against their non-disabled friends or family and take part in inclusive sessions and/or impairment specific sessions.

Tennis doesn’t just offer people the chance to develop their fitness and coordination, but also to build social skills, confidence, self-esteem and independence. That’s why the Tennis Foundation is supporting both coaches and venues to help them offer improved opportunities to disabled people. This includes people trying the sport for the first time through to elite performance as well as putting on competitions and major events. 

Whether you're just getting started, you want to compete in an event or would like information on Talent ID, you can find out more via the tabs at the top of the page for each type of tennis. And don't forget, tennis can be adapted for any other disability too so just contact us to find out more. 

Disability Tennis Resources

  • Open your Doors: Become an inclusive venue

    Open your Doors: Become an inclusive venue

    This guide will show you the added benefits for your tennis venue, whether a club, park, or community centre. This guide provides practical tips so that more disabled people can enjoy playing tennis and you can broaden your appeal as a truly inclusive tennis venue.

  • Game On - Great Britain’s Disability Tennis Pathways

    Game On - Great Britain’s Disability Tennis Pathways

    This booklet is for tennis players with a disability that may have the talent to progress from recreational level towards the Tennis Foundation elite player programme. It describes the different pathways a player can follow to the highest level of the sport. There’s also information to help coaches identify players that may perform well in the elite player programme and guidance on how players are classified in the main impairment groups.


Find out how Loughborough Tennis Club have made their venue inclusive to disabled people across all of their programmes.