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Wheelchair tennis consists of two sport classes: open and quad. All players have an impairment that affects their legs.
This sport class is designated for athletes, who have a significant and permanent impairment of one or both legs and normal arm function. This profile may match with athletes with paraplegia or leg amputations, for example.
Players in this class have an impairment affecting their playing arm as well as their legs. This limits their ability to handle the racket and to move in the wheelchair. You will find that players may use tape to securely grip the racket.
Athletes with these impairments are eligible to compete in wheelchair tennis:
•Impaired muscle power
•Impaired passive range of movement
•Leg length difference
IPC classification webpage
ITF classification pdf
Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs).
The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.
Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.