Ealing Lawn Tennis Club is looking for wheelchair tennis players!
To help us get started we have been given a grant by Middlesex LTA and this means we hope to be able to offer group and individual coaching at a subsidised rate of £3 per session for new players. We welcome participants of any age.
We are flexible about when we hold our sessions if it’s during weekdays so we can often fit around you. Evening and weekend slots are busier but we will still be able to offer sessions if you are at school or at work.
Sessions will last at least 50 minutes depending on whether they are group or individual. Players do not have to be full members of Ealing LTC and you don’t necessarily have to use a chair in everyday life to qualify e.g if you have brittle bones or have lost a lower limb.
Dimitri (see YouTube video above) is the first player to take advantage of our scheme and as you can see he is already able to rally with our head coach Chris Sordyl. So what does Dimitri think of it so far? "I love tennis. It's a great way to show everyone what you are made of and what you can achieve if you try" Our goal is to have enough players to have a community of wheelchair players of all ages who will be able to enjoy playing with each other on a regular basis.
Wheelchair Tennis Coaches:
Wheelchair Tennis Events:
Regular sessions please contact Chris.
With fully qualified coaches for wheelchair tennis players from beginners through to advanced, and fully accessible facilities for wheelchair and disabled users, ELTC is the perfect place to play the game! We can provide specially designed chairs which enhance movement and playability if this is required. Accessibility has been a keen focus of the club and all areas are available to all members.
Wheelchair tennis integrates very easily with the non-disabled game since it can be played on any regular tennis court, with no modifications to rackets or balls. Wheelchair tennis players are allowed two bounces of the ball (the second bounce may also occur outside the court) and therefore can play against other wheelchair tennis players, and alongside or against non-disabled friends and family.
Wheelchair tennis has been a Paralympic sport since the Atlanta games in 1996 and a quad division was introduced in 2004 for players with limited mobility in one of their upper limbs too. It's also played at Grand Slam level in three categories: Men, Ladies, and Quads, and each category has singles and doubles tournaments. Quads is the category for those with quadriplegia and it is sometimes called Mixed, especially at the Paralympic Games. Quads players can hold rackets taped to the hand and use electric-powered wheelchairs.
Disability Tennis Open Day:
The club recently hosted a Disability Tennis Open Day to raise awareness of wheelchair tennis and the club's accessible facilities. We plan to host more of these events in coming months.