|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.
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