Wheelchair tennis is played on a standard tennis court and follows many of the same rules as tennis. However, in wheelchair tennis, a player is allowed to let the ball bounce twice, not once, before hitting a return shot. Also, the athlete's wheelchair is considered to be a part of the body, so rules applying to the player's body apply to the chair as well.

Paralympic wheelchair tennis competition is open to male and female athletes with physical disabilities such as amputation/limb loss and spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users.

The Omaha tennis program includes practices at Koch Tennis Center two times per month during the season.   The program is funded in part through a grant from the United States Tennis Association. 


Wheelchair tennis was originated in 1976 by Brad Parks and Jeff Minnenbraker. Parks was recovering from a sports injury and had been casually hitting tennis balls from his wheelchair. He read an article about Minnenbraker, a recreational therapist and wheelchair athlete who was experimenting with tennis using a customized wheel chair. The two met when Minnebraker was assigned as Parks' therapist. Immediately they began discussing the potential of the sport.. Wheelchair tennis evolved into a major competitive international sport and first appeared at the Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. Tennis is the only sport in the Paralympic Games that does not have a classification by disability, ensuring there is only one gold medal winner in each event - men and women, singles and doubles.

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