PARA STANDING TENNIS
Para Standing Tennis is for people with physical disabilities who play tennis without using a wheelchair. This can include people with limb loss/difference, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, & more. The sport is supported by the ITF (International Tennis Federation) and played in more than 21 countries by 300+ players.
Free Weekly Clinics
JTCC offers free weekly clinics on Saturdays from 11:00am-12:30pm open to all players with a physical disability that prefer to play standing. The clinics are open to players of all levels, whether you’re just picking up a racket for the first time, or an experienced athlete, or anywhere in between. Experienced and qualified coaches apply appropriate adaptations to get you playing tennis, no matter your function level or athletic background.
The Winter Session II is from November 6 – January 21 and clinics are held at JTCC (5200 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740).
JTCC at the US Open
Two JTCC tennis players had the opportunity of a lifetime on September 9, 2023, participating in an exhibition of Para Standing tennis on the world’s largest stage – Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open in New York City before the Women’s Finals.
Nicky Maxwell and Kenneth “Rocket” Rodriguez, both below-the-knee amputees, were invited to participate in the exhibition after being recognized by a USTA representative for their high level of play. They showcased their doubles skills against two players from Michigan and Texas, Danny Scrivano and Keegan Ratliff, respectively.
“I feel so lucky to have found JTCC. I have been involved in disability sport for many years but this is the first time I have encountered such a dedicated community of people with disabilities, boosted by the coaching expertise and resources of a world-class tennis center. When I walk in the door at JTCC, I don’t feel like an athlete with a disability – I am supported just the same as any other player.”
– Nicky Maxwell, Para Standing player (pictured below)
Questions? Contact Gabby Hesse at email@example.com or call 301.779.8000 ×132.