Wheelchair Tennis


About Wheelchair Tennis

Coaching wheelchair tennis can present an exciting new opportunity for a tennis coach.  Past experience has shown that many seasoned coaches as well as newcomers have found the discovery of coaching wheelchair tennis an enriching experience on many levels.
Wheelchair tennis is tennis. A certified coach therefore does not have to start from scratch to learn how to coach wheelchair tennis players. The rules of the game (with the exception of the 2 bounce rule), the fundamental tactics and techniques as well as the physical and mental preparations applied to coaching able bodied players all transfer over to wheelchair tennis. The major new skill a tennis coach has to master is teaching mobility. Being able to move a wheelchair around the tennis court in the most efficient way mirrors the footwork an able bodied player needs to master in order to maximize his/her tennis game.
These mobility skills can easily be acquired through attending specific wheelchair tennis courses. Tennis Canada offers these courses on a regular basis. The Wheelchair Tennis Instructor’s manual can also be used as a self-study guide. For additional information please refer to the information below.


                                        Tennis Canada Wheelchair Tennis                                                                                          An example of Top International Wheelchair Players




London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Event

Click here to view a video link to the highlights of the London 2012 Paralympic Tennis event


Developing Wheelchair Mobility


Introduction         Mobility Cycle Introduction & Neutral Position        Maneuvering the Chair       Preparation

Recovery   Mobility Drills   Progressive Tennis for Wheelchair Mobility   Credits


Long Term Athlete Development Wheelchair Tennis Resources

        Wheelchair Tennis and LTAD Pathway

        For the french version, click here


LTAD Promotional Brochure

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LTAD Pathway

For the french version, click here





Other Wheelchair Tennis Resources

Wheelchair Coaching Manuals by Tennis Canada                     

       Wheelchair Instructor Course Manual

       Wheelchair Instructor Course Powerpoint          

       Wheelchair Doubles Manual: Part 1      

       Wheelchair Doubles Manual: Part 2





Wheelchair Coaching Articles

       Instructing wheelchair tennis

       The ‘Wheelaround’ Forehand

       The ‘Pronated’ Backhand

       The Backhand slice (for Quad players)

       Wheelchair Quad Grips




Important Links and Resources

       ITF Wheelchair Coaches review quarterly

       ITF Wheelchair tennis website

       ITF Wheelchair Tennis Coaches Review - Issue No. 14 - 2007

       British Tennis Magazine: Tennis Tribe

       Taping of racket to the hand for Quad players

       Let's Roll - Learning Wheelchair Tennis with the Pros


       LTA Wheelchair Tennis Video


Wheelchair Instructor Course

Coaching wheelchair tennis is a rewarding adventure and Tennis Canada certified instructors and coaches have many transferrable skills to help wheelchair players.  A specialty wheelchair Instructor course is also available for coaches who want specialized knowledge.

Please contact  Kai Schrameyer, Tennis Canada National Development Coach at Kschrameyer@tenniscanada.com to find out about course availability for 2013 in your province.