What is Blind Tennis?
Blind Tennis is an adapted version of the regular tennis.
According to their vision, players are categorised in classes.
Everyone who has no vision at all is playing in class b1.
According to their vision and visually field, Players with vision are categorised b2, b3 or higher.
Blind Tennis is being played with a fluffy ball manufactured in japan, which includes a minigolf ball with small metal strips. This way the ball rattles and can be heard.
Blind Tennis rules
ITF (international Tennis Federation) rules apply with the following exceptions:
- the court:
B1: 12,80 m x 6,20 m with tactile lines on all lines except Service boxes, net hight 0,83 m.
B2 and B3: 18,28 m x 8,23 m (for doubles 18,98 x 10,97 m), net height 0,90 m.
- the racket:
B1 players use a 23-inch racket.
B2 and B3 players use a b5-inch racket.
- Server and Receiver:
Both Players may ask about their Position on court.
- when to serve and receive:
Before starting the Service Motion, the Server must call “ready” and wait for the Receiver to reply “yes”.
The Server then has 5 seconds to serve during which he may not alter their Position on the court. The Server must shout “Play” immidiatelly before hitting the ball.
- Player looses Point:
B1 and B2 Players loose the Point if the ball has not been returned before the fourth bounce (3 bounces permitted).
A B3 Player looses the Point, if he does not return the ball before the third bounce (2 bounces permitted).
A sighted Player looses the Point, if he does not return the ball before the second bounce (one bounce permitted).
- At all times the first bounce must be within the court or, in the case of a serve, within the appropriate Service court. Any additional bounces may be inside or outside the court.
- If the Player who receives the ball is struck by the ball whilst Standing outside the boundary of the court before the first bounce, it is a Point for the Player.
If a Player is struck by the ball whilst Standing inside the boundary of the court before the first founce, it is a Point for the Opponent.
Source of Information: International Blind Tennis Association
(Please note: their Website has been closed and they are working on a new one.)
Now it is time to watch the game.