Blind Tennis often called Soundball Tennis is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a junior tennis racket and an adapted sponge ball that makes a noise when it bounces. Balls can be either black or florescent yellow to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall.

The standard rules of tennis apply with just a few modifications: if you’re totally blind you’re allowed three bounces, those with partial sight are allowed two. Just like standard tennis, you can play singles or doubles. Sighted players can play against visually impaired players, but they’re allowed only one bounce and no volleying.

Rules & Equipment 

Ball

The ball that is used in Blind Tennis can be either black or florescent yellow to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall, the ball is also designed to make a noise as it moves and bounces. 

Court 

Blind Tennis is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a junior tennis racket.

Rules 

The standard rules of tennis apply with just a few modifications: if you’re totally blind you’re allowed three bounces, those with partial sight are allowed two. Just like standard tennis, you can play singles or doubles.

Classifications

There are 4 classifications/categories of Blind and Low Vision Tennis. 

Classification Eligibility criteria Tennis Australia events
B1 Visual acuity poorer than LogMAR 2.60
  • State Blind & Low Vision Tennis Tournaments
  • Australian Blind & Low Vision National Tennis Championships
B2 Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive)
B3 Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.0 to 1.40 (inclusive) OR visual fields less than 10 degrees diameter and visual acuity better than 0.5 (B4)
B4 Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 0.5 to 0.9 (inclusive) OR visual fields less than 40 degrees diameter and visual acuity better than 0.5.

How to Contact? 

Tennis is a great way to stay active, it'll keep you moving around on your toes and requires a high amount of skill. Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria in association with Tennis Victoria run sessions for both adults and children. If you live in the Melbourne area these might be the perfect events for you. However, if you live too far away or in a different city/state you should look to reach out to a local tennis club or even your local Member Organisation who can help you to find a good spot for you to play tennis. 

Contact Information 

Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria - [email protected] 

Tennis Australia - https://www.tennis.com.au/