|Governing Body:||International Tennis Federation (ITF)|
One of the most popular sports in Paralympics and all around the world for para-athletes, para tennis, is a technical as well as a tactical sport that not only conditions the physique but also the mind of the performer. The sport is played by players in more than 200 countries.
It is much similar to that of the pedestrian tennis regarding the size of the court, balls and rackets whereas the differences are that it uses uniquely designed wheelchairs and the ball may bounce up to two times where the second bounce may take place outside the court.
Wheelchair tennis was brought into existance by Brad parks as a recreational sport for the para-sportspersons which then witnessed huge popularity by the late 1970s. In a very short span of time the sport became popular worldwide and in the year 1988 wheelchair tennis was introduced at the Seoul Paralympic Games as a demonstrative event. International tennis Federation (ITF) is also the global governing body of wheelchair tennis.
The primary objective is to hit the ball over the net into the opponent’s court in such a way that the opponent can’t play a valid return.
The participation takes place in the form of- men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, quad singles and quad doubles.
Each country may send a total of four men into men’s singles, four women into women’s singles along with three quad players in the quad singles. In all, four women and four men may participate as teams in men’s and women’s doubles and a maximum of two players may compete as a team in the quad doubles.
He is wheelchair tennis player from France, ranked as World’s No. 2 ITF Wheelchair tennis player as on May 2015. Stéphan is also the current French US Open singles Grand Slam Champion.
He is a wheelchair tennis player from the United States. Wagner participates in the quad division of the sport and plays by taping the racket to his hand. David is currently the World’s No. 1 player both in singles and doubles.
Aniek van Koot along with her doubles partner Jiske Griffioen is the ruling French Open, US Open, and Masters Champion. Aniek is the wheelchair tennis player from Denmark who is also the former Australian Open and US Open Champion and was ranked World No. 1 on January, 28th, 2013.
A wheelchair tennis player from the land of the Rising Sun, Shingo Kunieda is a right-handed player. He was the former World No. 1 in singles and was also the ITF World Champion from 2007 to 2010.