A new National Visually Impaired Tennis Advisory Committee was created by the Tennis Foundation. This consisted of a range of key stakeholders including; tournament delivery partners, members from Tennis Foundation, representation from ITF (International Tennis Federation), British Blind Sport. Invitations were also sent to local and national blind supportive charities, such as Action for Blind People, RNIB.
Invitations were sent to all key principle partners, including Vision 4 Growth, from a benefactor in Mexico,https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GEqryHTTyeY keen to develop an international standard. Representatives from the UK, including Tennis Foundation and Amanda Green from Metroblindsport, attended. Over the following days, a guide to delivery of v i tennis was designed and sent to all the countries to try out, in their groups.
A years trial was conducted within our regular sessions:
Nets lowered (80cm)
Use of orange court with a narrowed width.
No limit to racket sizes
Japanese ball recommended
B1 tennis went across the court, using mini nets and rope as a single tactile base line.
Our tournament – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc55OsouZ2I We were the first group, in the UK, to use the International rules and players from across the UK, embraced this method. For more about our tournament please click here.
The first ever B1 doubles was held at Cambridge, it is now part of the national games.
Click here for a montage https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EJcgdtNH1go
In August 2014, we were visited by Ayak Matsui from Japan. She allowed players to touch the first racket the originator of blind tennis Taco played with along with one of his early designs of the soundballs.