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INTERNATIONAL BLIND TENNIS TOURNAMENT
David Deas was one of six tennis players to be selected for the Great Britain team to contest the International Blind Tennis Tournament in Spain in May. They formed the first ever visually impaired team to represent the nation on the international stage.
The team was managed by the Tennis Foundation, Great Britain’s leading tennis charity, and travelled to Alfaz del Pí on the Costa Blanca, Alicante for the tournament.
The Team consisted of three male and three female players – one from each sight category B1, B2 and B3.
12 countries took part in the competition which lasted a week in total.
David won his first 3 matches, all with a score of 4:0 and progressed to the quarter-finals. Unfortunately, he was then knocked out at the quarter-final stage by a player from South Korea.
He was a little disappointed not to have progressed further in the competition but thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
With ambitions to become a Paralympic sport in the future, the visually impaired version of tennis is adapted from the full court version to a smaller court, with a lower net. It also uses an audible ball so players can hear it bounce and being hit, and, depending on an individual’s sight level, they can also be allowed up to three bounces before they must return it back to their opponent.
Anyone interested in finding out more about tennis for blind and partially sighted tennis can download the Tennis Foundation’s ‘Guide to Visually Impaired Tennis via http://bit.ly/VITennisGuide. To find out more about the work of the Tennis Foundation visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk