Blind Tennis

Blind TennisIf you've enjoyed Wimbledon the last two weeks, you might be wondering if there's a variation of tennis for blind or visually impaired folks.  Actually, there is!

It's called blind tennis, or soundball tennis.  It's typically played on a tennis court or a badminton court.  Players use a junior tennis racket, along with a spongy ball which makes a noise when it bounces, so players can locate it.  The ball is either fluorescent yellow or black, to provide maximum contrast with the surrounding colors.

The rules are virtually the same as regular tennis.  However, visually impaired players are permitted two bounces (much like wheelchair tennis players), while blind players are allowed two bounces.  You can play singles or doubles.

Blind Tennis

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