athletes at the tennis competition


Special Olympics offers traditional singles and doubles events, as well as individual skills competition to allow athletes to train and compete in basic tennis skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to match play. These skills include racket bounce, “ups,” forehand volley, backhand ground stroke, serve-deuce court, serve-advantage court and alternating ground stroke with movement

Special Olympics athletes can also participate in Unified Sports doubles events. Check out our Unified Sports page for more information.

Tennis Facts

  • Tennis became an official Special Olympics sport in 1987.
  • 127 athletes from 29 Programs competed in tennis at the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland.
  • As of the 2005 Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report, 18,013 Special Olympics athletes compete in tennis.

Tennis Events

  • Singles
  • Doubles
  • Unified Doubles
  • Individual Skills Competition: Ground stroke, volley, serve

Registration is closed. Please check back in May 2019 for registration information!

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