Tennis can be adapted so that everyone can participate in the sport. People of any age, environment, condition or ability are invited to enjoy the game.
We have everything you need to develop or grow your program, including grants, program curricula, equipment, coaching opportunities and much more.
If you are thinking of starting an adaptive tennis program and need local assistance, contact your area's section contact for adaptive tennis. They can effectively answer questions on a wide range of topics, including financing and procuring educational materials and equipment. For a list of sectional contacts, click here, and to learn more about adaptive tennis curricula, click here.
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. ADVERTISEMENT It is easy to do and free of charge. To register, programs must have at least three athletes and be actively on going. Registering will also give you an opportunity to be eligible to receive USTA Adaptive grants and to be nominated for the USTA Adaptive Award. Click here to register.
For a list of existing programs, click here.
Each year, USTA-registered adaptive programs that have been providing active programming for at least one year are eligible to be awarded USTA grants up to $3,000 per program. The grants provide necessary funds for tennis programs to grow bigger and provide better service to their communities.
2021 Grant Calendar Dates
January 11 – Application Live
February 12 – Grant Deadline
March 15 – Recipients Announced
Late March -- Recipients will receive checks
The application must be completed on-line. A link to access the application will be provided here at the beginning of January 2021.
National Adaptive Championship Tournament
The 2021 National Adaptive Championship is scheduled to take place at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 8-10, 2021. This is a Unified Doubles tournament which pairs an athlete who has special needs with a partner who does not. USTA sections will host qualifier tournaments during 2021 and send their top teams to Florida for the championship.
Should you be interested in participating in or organizing a tournament for your section, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion manager in your section. Click here for the list of sectional contacts.
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. Further information and nomination forms will be available here in early 2021. 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. Click here to read more.
To keep up with news and notes from the USTA Adaptive Tennis Committee, click here to subscribe to the adaptive newsletter and other email communications.