Adaptive and Wheelchair Tennis Programs
Adaptive tennis is about accommodating the way tennis is played and taught for the unique needs of players with differing abilities. Tennis is a sport for everyone. Adaptive tennis emphasizes inclusivity by providing everyone, including those with disabilities, the opportunity to play, have fun and fall in love with our lifetime sport.
Adaptive Tennis Lessons
Buddy Up Tennis for Down Syndrome
Training for Special Olympics Competition
Special Olympics Illinois Tennis – Normal
Learn more about Adaptive Tennis here.
The USTA is dedicated to providing top-flight programming and developmental opportunities to wheelchair athletes of all ages and backgrounds. The goal, above all else, is for the athletes to learn the sport of tennis and have fun.
Some of the finest athletes in the world are a part of our game. You can be a part of it, too. We have a complete pathway from youth and high school (Net Generation) through collegiate play and beyond.
The USTA also sanctions wheelchair tennis tournaments throughout the country, providing play opportunities for all skill levels. One of these sanctioned tournaments takes place in the Chicago District each fall at Center Court Althletic Club. This year’s Chicago Wheelchair Classic is scheduled for October 16-18, 2020.
In addition, wheelchair tennis players can earn a national ranking to ensure they're matched with players of a similar skill level, and there are opportunities for players to represent the U.S. in international competitions, from the Paralympics to the Parapan Am Games.
CDTA organizations dedicated to wheelchair and adaptive tennis are:
Center Court Athletic Club
Contact: Melissa Kress
Location: Hanover Park, Illinois
USTA Office: Northern Illinois
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports
Contact: Cindy Housner
USTA Office: Chicago
Learn more about Wheelchair Tennis here.
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