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Lawn Tennis Association

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What is Visually Impaired Tennis?

Visually impaired tennis is one of the newest versions of the game and is played on a smaller tennis court using smaller rackets, an audible ball and raised lines. Players who are totally blind are allowed three bounces while partially sighted players are allowed two bounces. Tape can be put on the court to create raised lines and players communicate at the start of each point to make sure their opponent is ready.

As the sport is in the early stages of development, there aren't yet formalised ITF rules for visually impaired tennis competitions. But there is a widely adapted set of rules that are used in Great Britain and an increasing number of visually impaired events and competitions.

Equipment

Visually impaired tennis balls (also known as audible tennis balls, or soundballs) have been designed to offer people with varied visual impairments the opportunity to participate in tennis. The ball is audible, allowing players with any level of impairment (including if you are completely blind) to participate in activity.

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