Tennis



The Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport programme offers the most talented tennis players across the world a chance to play at the highest level.

Events include men’s and women’s singles, doubles, mixed doubles and men’s and women’s team competitions.

World Intellectual Impairment Sport manages the eligibility for athletes who wish to compete in the sport. It also organises Championships, including the World Championships, exclusively for the world’s best players with an intellectual impairment.

Players interested in competing at a high level should contact their National Federation. More information can be found in the Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport tennis information leaflet and Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport Tennis Performance Programme leaflets.

History

World Championships have been help since the first edition in Melbourne Park, Australia, in 2004. Back then just four teams from the host nation, Poland, Czech Republic and an international team entered athletes.

The numbers and quality of athletes is improving all the time. At the last Worlds in Bolton, Great Britain, in 2017, eight countries were represented.

The sport has created its fair share of success stories over the years. Australia’s Kelly Wren has been competing since 2004 and has won multiple medals across different competitions.

The prestigious Australia Tennis Championships also includes a tournament for players with an intellectual impairment every year, including prize money.

More information about upcoming events and competitions can be found at the Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport events page.

Rules and regulations

Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport tennis competitions are run under the rules of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). However there are a few differences. These include main draw matches being played in three short sets.

The full sport specification for Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport tennis can be found here (Section 7.11).

Results and rankings

  • Results from all competitions since 2004 can be found at the Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport results rankings and records page.
  • Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport maintains world rankings for athletes with an intellectual impairment according to the ITF rules.

Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport Tennis Committee

  • Sport Director/Chairperson – Lesley Whitehead (Great Britain)
  • Americas – vacancy
  • Europe – Linda Goffings (Belgium)
  • Oceania – Brenda Tierney (Australia)
  • Africa – Mohamed Abdelsattar (Egypt)