Wheelchair Tennis Integration to be Focus at ITF Conference

03 Nov 2009 By IPC

A special presentation on the integration of Wheelchair Tennis into the International Tennis Federation (ITF) was given by Wheelchair Tennis Manager Mark Bullock at the ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference.

Taking place from 30 October – 3 November in Valencia, Spain, a total of 600 coaches from all over the world have gathered to listen to the various presentations about the sport and its future. In addition to Mr. Bullock, other presentations were given on Wheelchair Tennis by 2005 International Wheelchair Tennis Association (IWTA) Coach of the Year David Sanz, Head of Sports Science and Innovation for the Lawn Tennis Association in Great Britain Ann Quinn, and Coaches Commission Member Martyn Whait. Mr. Sanz and Mr. Whait spoke about different aspects of biomechanics and Ms. Quinn gave a presentation on the integration of sports science into Wheelchair Tennis.

Other presenters at the event included top Wheelchair Tennis players Alex Corretja and Albert Costa. Lola Ochoa and Francisco Tur, two top-ranked players from Spain, are also providing a demonstration during the conference.

The presentations at this year's ITF Conference are devoted to the theme, 'Developing Competencies for Elite Players and Coaches'. The variety of topics being discussed and the various workshops that are being staged will help coaches gain a thorough knowledge of all the elements that combine to ensure optimal player preparation. ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said that this understanding is essential for coaches wishing to help promising young players break through to the top of the game.