An adaptive tennis player stands on the tennis court. A group of wheelchair tennis players hold their racquets up on court.

USTA Midwest offers top-notch programming and improvement opportunities to wheelchair and adaptive athletes of all ages and backgrounds. Visit our National USTA webpage for an overview of wheelchair tennis around the country. Plus, learn about the values and benefits seen with adaptive tennis programs in our Midwest community and beyond. 

Midwest Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair tennis is one of the fastest-growing wheelchair sports.  There are several active USTA wheelchair tennis programs in the Midwest, giving persons with disabilities the opportunity to participate in activities with their peers and family, both able-bodied and disabled. 


Wheelchair tennis players must have a medically diagnosed mobility-related disability, with a substantial or total loss of function in one or more extremities.  Proficient wheelchair users can play and actively compete against stand-up players. ADVERTISEMENT Rules are the same as stand-up tennis except the wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball.



Midwest Adaptive Tennis

USTA Midwest adaptive tennis recognizes three main categories: physical conditions or disabilities, developmental/cognitive conditions or disabilities and emotional or social conditions. We believe that everyone should benefit from the game of tennis.

Visit the links below for additional information about adaptive tennis.


Learn more about Adaptive Classification Categories: 

Click here to learn more about Emotional/Social Conditions or Disabilities 

Click here to learn more about Developmental/Intellectual Conditions or Disabilities 

Click here to learn more about Physical Conditions or Disabilities and Sensory Impairments




First Service Doubles - a game from the Midwest

Play tennis alongside your canine best friend with First Service Doubles! This innovative tennis game is designed for Veterans, First Responders and Adults 18+ with invisible injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Anxiety, Seizure, Diabetes, etc. and their support dog. Service, Therapy, Sporting and any well-trained dog is welcome.


Participants play tennis with their opponents and engage their canine partner with a variety of commands. Good times are had by all!


Click here to learn more and find a First Service Doubles event near you!



Upcoming Events

To view upcoming events, visit the USTA Midwest Wheelchair Tennis Facebook group or the USTA Midwest Adaptive Tennis Facebook group.


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