The Virtus programme offers the most talented tennis players across the world a chance to play at the highest level.

Competitions include men’s and women’s singles, doubles, mixed doubles and men’s and women’s team competitions. Our competitions have the endorsement of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Players interested in competing at a high level should contact their Virtus National Member Organisation.


  • 12.1.2024 – The Virtus Tennis rankings policy has been updated to provide a fairer and more comprehensive ranking opportunity. Details of the new policy can be found in Section 7.11 here.The Tennis committee believe that the new Tennis World Rankings are much fairer than the current system in place and the system will be reviewed after one year to ensure it is achieving its aims. The tennis programme is developing with the potential of more competitions being available and these should be reflected in the World Rankings. The ranking system will reward players who perform better and with the graded points allocation, rewards players who perform well in bigger events. Having points for the National Championships in each nation also enables those who can’t attend all competitions to gain valuable points each year so they are recognised on the rankings list.


World Championships have been held since the first event in Melbourne Park, Australia in 2004. Back then, there was only representation from Poland, Czech Republic and the host nation.

The number of nations participating is growing year on year, with representation from across the world. The number of athletes continues to grow and the quality of their play is improving all the time. In the last few years, the World Championships have been held in the USA, Great Britain and France. In addition, Virtus hosts regional tennis competitions and a Global Games every four years. Following each event, a Tennis World Rankings is published.

More information about upcoming events and competitions can be found at the events page.

Rules And Regulations

Virtus tennis competitions are based upon the rules of the ITF.

The full sport specification for Virtus tennis can be found here (Section 7.11).

Results And Rankings

Virtus Tennis Committee

  • Sport Director/Chairperson – Lesley Whitehead (GBR)
  • Americas – Andrea Sneed (USA)
  • Europe – Kris Vanden Boer (BEL)
  • Oceania – Dr Danielle Gescheit (AUS)
  • Africa – Mohamed Abdelsattar (EGY)
  • Asia – Dina Temirgaliyeva (KAZ)

Virtus is the brand name of the International Sports Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment and is a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee. Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in the UK (1173901)

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