By Charles Smith: The upcoming Paralympic Games in London—played from the 29th of August to the 9th of September 2012—certainly have particular resonance for the competing British athletes, and the country’s team in the sport of wheelchair tennis is no exception. The roster of 10 has the unique opportunity to try for medals on home turf, with the whole world watching.
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Wheelchair tennis proceeds much like the able-bodied version, aside (obviously) from the use of wheelchair apparatus and a few key differences—most notably, the fact that a ball may bounce twice before a player must hit it, and that the second bounce can occur outside the lines of the court.
(As the Telegraph noted in a guide to the sport ahead of the 2012 games, players now tend to hit the ball after the first bounce—a reflection of the increasing speed of wheelchair tennis.)
The basic overlap of rules and playing style between wheelchair and able-bodied tennis means the former can take place on standard tennis courts using standard rackets and balls.