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Wheelchair Tennis

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Wheelchair Tennis

Aside from the fact that the ball may bounce up to two times, the same general rules are applied to wheelchair tennis as able-bodied tennis. In addition to singles and doubles events, the Quads event is open to male and female athletes with more severe impairments. Players with a weaker grip are allowed to tape their racket to their hand.

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Athletes competing in Quads can have a wide variety of impairments, but there are just as many ways to offset their disabilities as the number of impairments itself. Spinal cord injury is a common impairment in Quads, and players may choose to use an electric-powered wheelchair over a manual wheelchair. Players who are unable to secrete sweat may wear a neck-cooling garment. Players with a weaker grip may tape their racket to their hand. Their tactical game play based on their inability to switch their grip is an impressive sight. Whereas power and speed are key elements in able-bodied tennis, Quads is much like a game of chess, involving strategy and predictive ability.

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