Think Tennis Is Hard? Watch This Group Of Amazing Blind Tennis Players

Don't be fooled by the TV, Tennis is not an easy game to master. If you've played it before, you'll know what we are talking about.

There are a multitude of things to consider simultaneously: ball speed, bounce and spin, your position, your opponent's position, footwork, swing, follow through, getting into position... the list goes on & all of it has to come together at once.

Unless you are moderately skilled or were just born talented, most of your time playing tennis would involve picking up the ball.  

 

Now, WAIT. Try imagine yourself having to do it without having any ability to see. How you may wonder? Just the thought of it is enough to scare me.


(Photo Credits: Our Better World)

Meet Wei Lian, Wai Yee, Steady, Hock Bee, Ivni & their friends. Helped by a group of dedicated volunteers from Soundball SG, the group plays this game once a week on Saturdays from 1 to 3pm at Pathlight School. With a training plan developed by tennis coaches and ex-national players, the group trains rigorously to ensure they get better.

 

Well, how you might wonder can they do it without seeing? The power of sound & through the sport soundball- Tennis specially adapted to the needs of the visually impaired. Played indoors on a badminton court instead, players rely on the sound the special sponge balls that rattle to guide them.


(Photo Credits: Our Better World)

 

If you have ever gotten frustrated with missing the ball, try imaging what they go through.


(Photo Credits: Our Better World)

 

Althought it's hard work & often frustrating they are always clearly happy to play spending hours at their practice session trying to drill backhands across the net to get better. If you would like to find out more, watch this video created by our friends at ourbetterworld & we promise you, you wont regret. 

 

Always remember, be thankful for what we have, thank your blessings & stay sporty.

If you would like to volunteer to help coach or support in any other way the blind tennis players, you can reach out to them at soundballsingapore@gmail.com. It would make their day to hear from you.

Originally Written by Joshua Lye from Our Better World & Republished by Kristel Oh. All Credits from the photo go to Our Better World.

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