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 and Low Vision 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 Australia has partnered with most states in Australia to develop Blind and Low Vision Tennis opportunities for people to get involved with. To find out who to contact and to get started go to https://www.tennis.com.au/play/inclusion-and-diversity/blind-and-low-vision/get-started for information in your area.

Talent Pathways 

Tennis Australia has state based squads, camps and tournaments that can lead to you playing for Australia at the International Blind Tennis Tournament. For more information please look at Talent Pathways guide which can be downloaded at Blind & Low Vision Tennis Talent Pathways Guide

More Information 

Tennis Australia - https://www.tennis.com.au/play/inclusion-and-diversity/blind-and-low-vision