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Is UK tennis becoming more accessible than ever?


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The Lawn Tennis Association has announced a new initiative which could allow more wheelchair users to play tennis.

The association has contributed significant investment into the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall campus which has allowed for increased usage of indoor facilities and resurfaced courts for local tennis clubs.

Wheelchair athlete David Sinclair (below) is likely to benefit from the initiative. Sinclair, 68, was a keen tennis player before an accident in his teens left him in a wheelchair and unsure whether he would play again.

With support from the university, Sinclair is able to play wheelchair tennis at the Walsall campus and is falling back in love with his sport.

“Having access to these sessions at the Walsall campus has enabled me to play to a high standard. (The new) access to more indoor facilities and well-surfaced courts would allow more wheelchair athletes to take up the sport.” he said.

Sinclair, from Walsall, recently became the first wheelchair user to take part in the local Black Country Open.

Regional participation manager for the Lawn Tennis Association in the Midlands, Van Willerton added: “The fact that David can play with able-bodied athletes is a fantastic example of how these programmes can be enjoyed by all.

“The key to increasing opportunities for people to play is through facilities like these here at the University’s Walsall. There has never been a better time for clubs, universities and local authorities to tell the LTA what is needed in their local areas to get more people playing the game.”

You can get involved in wheelchair tennis by visiting the Tennis Foundation’s website HERE.

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