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About Adaptive Tennis

Tennis can be adapted so that everyone can participate in the sport. People of any age, environment, social, intellectual or physical ability are invited to enjoy the game.


The USTA can lead you in the process to start a new program or to grow your current program. Several curricula for teaching adaptive tennis can be found here. Learn more about adaptive tennis cirricula.


In addition, each USTA section has a designated contact person to help you. They can effectively answer questions on a wide range of topics, including financing and procuring educational materials and equipment. 

Click here to find your sectional contact to obtain more information.

Register Your Program

Connecting players with programs to meet their needs is a top priority, and registering your program with the USTA will enable those with similar needs in your area to find you. It is easy to do and free of charge. To register, programs must have at least three athletes and be actively ongoing. Register here.


Benefits of being a USTA-registered program include:

  1. Listing, with link to your website or email, on the USTA National Adaptive Tennis webpage.
  2. Being a member of a larger tennis community.
  3. Opportunity to network with other programs.
  4. Opportunity to apply for national grants when available
  5. Access to Adaptive Tennis curricula.
  6. Receipt of quarterly Adapt It! newsletter highlighting upcoming events, interesting programs, educational materials and funding resources. 
  7. Opportunity to have a story about your program featured in the newsletter.
  8. Opportunity to share stories for the newsletter about other adaptive programs.
  9. Access to other USTA newsletters.
  10. Opportunity to register with USTA Net Generation if your program serves youth (18 and under).
  11. Opportunity for consideration of the USTA National Adaptive Tennis Award.


Learn more about existing programs.


The USTA's Adaptive Tennis Grants are offered to USTA-registered programs to assist in the promotion, implementation and growth of adaptive tennis programs at the community level. Criteria for selection include: clear use of grant funds in an itemized budget; a plan for program sustainability, program growth and expansion, which can include the number of athletes and/or play opportunities; and success stories.


Thirteen programs were approved for grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 in 2021. Those selected were:


Abilities Tennis Assn., North Carolina

Cookeville Adaptive Tennis, Tennessee

Dallas Tennis Assn., Texas

Dream Court, Inc., Alabama

Jawonio Adaptive Tennis, New York

Love Serving Autism, Florida

Project Elijah, Pennsylvania

Sierra Junior Tennis, Nevada

South Shore YMCA, Massachusetts

Special Pops Tennis, Georgia

Stride Adaptive Sports, New York

Tennis For Life, New Jersey

Waco Tennis Assn., Texas


Continue to check back here for announcements of grants that may become available for 2022. Registered programs will receive notices by email, and announcements will be published in future issues of the Adapt It! newsletter.

National Adaptive Championship Tournament

The National Adaptive Championship tournament, canceled in 2021, will return in 2022. This Unified Doubles event will once again be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida from Nov. 4-6. Sectional adaptive contacts have been notified and are in the process of scheduling qualifier tournaments. Contact your section representative for more information. Click here to find your section contact.

Adaptive Tennis Award

The annual Adaptive Tennis Award recognizes a program that has demonstrated continued excellence, dedication and service in tennis for individuals with disabilities. 


A program must have had three years of active involvement providing tennis to individuals with disabilities to be eligible for the award. The USTA National Adaptive Tennis Award winner for 2021 was Dream Court, Inc. of Alabama


Please continue to check this site for information on when and how to submit nominations for the 2022 award.


A list of former recipients and additional information can also be found here.

Adaptive Engagement Guide

The USTA has created an Adaptive Engagement Guide, providing general examples of how to coach and teach different populations which can be modified to suit the user's situations and needs.


To keep up with news and notes from the USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee, subscribe to the adaptive newsletter and other email communications. 

Find Adaptive Tennis Programs in Your State

Read on to find adaptive tennis programs where you live and how you and your family can take part. Looking to learn more? Click here to find your home USTA section and then connect with your sectional contact for adaptive tennis, found in the list below.

ACCESS (partnering ACEing Autism) - Little Rock

ACE Tennis (Amazing Children Empowered Through Tennis) - Conway 

Arkansas Cup Tennis Foundation - Little Rock

Center Court Tennis – Springdale

Love All Tennis - Jonesboro

ACEing Autism – Burbank, Burlingame, Carlsbad, Culver City, Elk Grove, Inglewood, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Mission Viejo, Mountain View, Newport Beach, Pacific Palisades, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Sherman Oaks, Solana Beach, Yorba Linda

Badon Tennis Academy  - Altadena

Beach City Tennis Academy - Manhattan Beach

Biola University Challenger Tennis – La Mirada

Long Beach Wounded Warrior Tennis Program - Long Beach

Marin County Special Olympics Tennis Program - Marin County

OPAF First Volley Tennis  - Fresno

Operation Pride - Berkeley 

Pete Brown, Jr. Tennis Program - Los Angeles

San Diego Wounded Warrior Tennis Program - San Diego

Semurana Tennis Association - Carson

Serving Advantage – Orange

Sloane Stephens Foundation - Love, Love Compton - Compton

SMP Junior Tennis -  Santa Monica

SoCal Adaptive Sports/Desert Recreation District Community Tennis Program-- Palm Desert

Special Need Group (SNG) - San Diego 

Special Needs - Let's Teach - South Pasadena 

Special Olympics - Orange County  

ACEing Autism - Parker

Special Olympics - Centennial

Dare to Play Tennis – Denver  

Highlands Ranch Therapeutic REC - Highlands Ranch

Steamboat Tennis Association – Steamboat Springs

Delaware Special Olympics Tennis Program – Bethany Beach, Dover, Newark, Wilmington

ACEing Autism - Washington, D.C.

ThanksUSA Veterans Adaptive Tennis Clinic – Washington, D.C.

ACE Program - Atlantic Beach

ACEing Autism – Coral Gables, Miami, Naples, Niceville, Orlando, Stuart, Weston

Buddy Up Tennis - Lake Nona, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa

Ernie Els: #GameONAustism - Jupiter

Love Serving Autism - Boca, Boynton Beach, Clearwater, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Plantation, Sunrise, Wellington, West Palm Beach

Military Program (USTA Nat'l Campus) - Orlando

Miracle Sports Tennis - Tallahassee

North Miami Sr. High Special Olympics - North Miami 

Racquet Club of Cocoa Beach Adaptive Tennis – Cocoa Beach     

Speak Through Sports Adaptive Tennis Clinics - West Melbourne   

Special Olympics - Palm Beach

Tennis for Fun - Brandon, Fish Hawk, Tampa            

ACEing Autism – Columbus

Buddy Up Tennis - South Bend

RHI Adaptive Sports Program/Wheelchair Tennis of Indiana - Indianapolis

Special Olympics Indiana – Boone County, Hamilton County, Washington Township, Zionsville

Stand Up Tennis for Amputees - Muncie

Turnstone Center - Tennis – Fort Wayne

ACEing Autism – Damariscotta

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation - New Gloucester

Special Olympics Maine - South Portland

ACEing Autism – Boston, Sandwich, Wayland, Weymouth, Worcester

Adaptive Tennis Lessons - Lexington

EMARC Adaptive Tennis – Wakefield

Handi-Racket Tennis - Wayland

Harvard Recreation - Tennis - Boston

Lobstars Inclusive Tennis - Hanover

Love Serving Autism – Cambridge

Special Olympics Massachusetts - Marlborough


ACEing Autism – Ann Arbor, Northville, Novi

Adaptive Tennis Camp – Mt. Pleasant

Adaptive Play Day - Holland

Bay City Unified Adaptive Tennis - Bay City

Buddy Up Tennis – Grand Rapids

Dearborn Public Schools – Dearborn

Got Ability Sports Tennis – Brighton    

Mary Free Bed Adaptive Tennis – Grand Rapids

Michigan Victory Games (One-Day Try-It Clinic) - East Lansing

Michigan Wheelchair and Adaptive Tennis – Brighton 

Thunder in the Valley Games (One-Day Try-It Clinic) - Saginaw

ACEing Autism – Kansas City, St. Louis

All Abilities Tennis Program – Kansas City  

Buddy Up Tennis – St. Louis

Goals Adaptive Tennis - Joplin

One Love Tennis – Behavioral Health Pilot Program – Kansas City

Special Olympics Missouri – Cape, Columbia, Fulton, Jefferson City, Kansas City, St. Joe, St. Louis, Sikeston

ACEing Autism – Lincoln

Fremont Tennis Buddies - Fremont

Lincoln Tennis Buddies - Lincoln

Omaha Tennis Buddies - Omaha

Woods Tennis Center – Lincoln 

ACEing Autism - Laconia

Buddy Up Tennis - Lebanon

Count Me In, Inc. – Exeter, Hampton

ACEing Autism – Rio Rancho

15-Love – Albany, Rennsalaer, Schenectady, Troy

ACEing Autism – Cooperstown, Flushing, Great Neck, Ithaca, Port Washington, Syracuse

Adaptive Recreation – Hamburg

Backyard Sports Cares - Purchase

Backyard Sports Plus Tennis - White Plains

Batavia Challenger Tennis Program - Batavia

Cerebral Palsy Association – Rye Brook

EDD Memorial Fund Adaptive Tennis Clinics - Oneonta

Hero, Inc. - Scarsdale

Highland Park Tennis Association – Brooklyn  

Jawonio - Adaptive Tennis - New Hempstead

Love Serving Autism - Farmingdale

RCTA Adaptive Tennis Programs - Riverside Park, New York City

Rockland Hospital Guild  - Orangeburg

Serve and Return, Inc. – Farmingdale

Serving Heroes - Kings Park, Northport

Sound of Tennis - Brooklyn, Long Island City

SPARC, Inc. - Briarcliff Manor

Special Aces - Brooklyn  

Special Olympics - New York – Schenectady, across the state

Special Olympics - Long Island (Tennis Program) - East Setauket 

Special Olympics Broome Tioga Tennis – Binghamton

STRIDE Adaptive Sports - Schenectady

Tennis Serving Vets - Yonkers 

Tennis for Life – Orangeburg

Westside Challenger Tennis - Brockport

Abilities Tennis Association of North Carolina – Albermarle, Apex, Asheville, Belmont, Brunswick County, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Clayton, Concord,  Dare County, Greensboro, Hendersonville, Hickory, Kinston, Pinehurst, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, 

Wake Forest, Wilmington, Winston-Salem

ACEing Autism – Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Mooresville, Winston-Salem

CAST: Carolinas Adaptive Standing Tennis - Greensboro

Pegasus - Brunswick County 

ACEing Autism – Akron, Columbus, Toledo

Buddy Up Tennis – Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Youngstown

Cincinnati Tennis Foundation - Cincinnati

NLA Superstar Tennis - Lancaster

Thrive Through Tennis Foundation – Broadview Heights

Walnut Hills Outreach - Cincinnati

ACEing Autism - East Providence, Newport

Adaptive Tennis – Greenville

Advantage Tennis Foundation – Columbia

Area 14, Anderson County Special Olympics – Anderson 

Aunt Nettie’s Fault (Special Olympics Group) - Columbia

City of Charleston Therapeutic Recreation Unified Tennis - Charleston

Public Tennis Inc. Special Needs & Special Olympics Tennis – Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head                                                        

Rockin’ Rackets Tennis – Daniel Island

Saluda Slammers – Columbia

SPUD (Special Populations Unified Doubles) - Belton

ACEing Autism – Nashville

Buddy Up Tennis - Murfreesboro

Cookeville Adaptive Tennis - Cookeville

Love Tennis – Nashville 

Smashing Aces Tennis - Germantown

SPUD Tennis - Nashville

ACEing Autism – Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, McKinney, New Braunfels, Tyler

Boys and Girls Club of Mission Blind Tennis - Mission

Buddy Up Tennis - Dallas, Waco

Bynum School Physical Education – Midland     

Camp Discovery Adaptive Tennis Program - Texas Lions Camp - San Antonio

DAB's Independents Tennis Aces Special Olympics - Region 20 – San Antonio

Dallas Tennis Assn. Adaptive Tennis – Dallas

DTEA Deaf Program - Dallas

Fabens Tennis – Fabens

Houston Stand Up Adaptive – Houston  

Kinetic Kids - San Antonio

Laredo Tennis Association Stroke Survivor Tennis Club - Laredo

Little Elm ISD - Little Elm

Miradas de Esperanza – McAllen

Missouri City Adaptive Tennis - Missouri City 

Special Friends Tennis – Richardson

Special Olympics Texas – Pflugerville 

Special Strokes for Special Folks - Addison, Dallas

Summer All Stars (Texas Scottish Rite Hospital) - Dallas

Texas Lions Camp - Camp Discovery - Children with Cancer - Kerrville

The Christina Grillo Sullivan Foundation – Galveston

Travis – Port Iavaca

Waco Tennis Association - Waco

Bennington Aces - Bennington

ACEing Autism – Richmond, Suffolk, Williamsburg

Black Girls Tennis Club - Norfolk

Love Serving Autism - Richmond

Sportable - Richmond

Piedmont Area Tennis Association - Ivy

Adaptive Tennis Kick-Off Event - Blacksburg

Contact Your Local Representative 


If you're looking to create an adaptive tennis program in your neighborhood but don't know where to start, don't worry.  Each USTA section has a representative dedicated to helping you start or grow your program, whether you're looking for advice with grants and scholarships or ways to connect players with local programming in your area.

USTA Caribbean - Monica Carrasquillo (787) 726-8782


USTA Eastern - David Williams (914) 697-2273


USTA Florida - Ron Lyons (407) 917-9826


USTA Hawaii - Madeleine Dreith (808) 585-9528


USTA Intermountain - Adele Sobieski (303) 695-4117 ext. 235


USTA Mid Atlantic - Tara Fitzpatrick Navarro (703) 556-6120 ext. 7001


USTA Middle States - Renee Bridges (484) 302-0752


USTA Midwest - Greg Boyd (317) 669-0448


USTA Missouri Valley - Jaren Glaser (913) 967-9929


USTA New England - Mavi Sanchez-Skakle (508) 366-3450 ext.115


USTA Northern California - Charrisha Watkins (301) 335-9870


USTA Northern - Mya Smith-Dennis (952) 358-3289


USTA Pacific Northwest - Valerie Weaks (503) 718-3334 ext.3334


USTA Southern California - Andy Schwich (310) 567-7531


USTA Southern - Cee Jai Jones (770) 368-8200 ext. 116


USTA Southwest - Kelsey Richman (602) 412-3618


USTA Texas - Cindy Benzon (832) 264-7773

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