Wheelchair Tennis

Wheelchair tennis is a sport for people with physical disabilities that affect mobility at or below the waist. The only difference between wheelchair tennis and able-bodied tennis is that wheelchair tennis players get up to two bounces of the ball before hitting it back over the net, whereas able-bodied tennis players only get one. With this simple rule modification, wheelchair tennis is the most integrative adaptive sport for people with disabilities to play with people without disabilities. The wheelchair tennis pathway is parallel to the able-bodied side of tennis, with opportunities for junior, adult, collegiate, and professional players to compete at all levels of the sport.

JTCC is proud to have served more than 100 wheelchair tennis players in the DMV area since 2021. JTCC’s program in partnership with MedStar NRH is the most popular, having reached 45 players in the 2022-2023 program year. If you are interested in being on our contact list, please click the button in the bottom right hand corner of the page. Please contact Head of Wheelchair & Adaptive Tennis Gabby Hesse with any questions at ghesse@jtcc.org.

Free JTCC Wheelchair Tennis Clinics with MedStar NRH

JTCC partners with MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation program to provide seasonal free weekly wheelchair tennis clinics at JTCC (5200 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740).   

The Fall 2023 session will be held September 17-November 5 on Sunday afternoons. There will not be clinic on October 15 due to the JTCC Wheelchair Championships Tennis Tournament that weekend. Beginner adults and juniors clinics are held 1:00-2:30 pm with differentiated instruction for both groups. Tournament-Level players practice from 2:30-4:30 pm. To participate in the tournament-level group, players must have competed in at least one tournament and be familiar with tennis match scoring. 

Tennis wheelchairs are available upon request and are dependent on size and availability. Tennis wheelchairs are assigned first come, first served based on order of registration submission.

JTCC Integrated Junior & Adult Programs

Wheelchair tennis players, along with all adaptive players and veterans at JTCC, are eligible to receive financial aid to participate in junior and adult paid programming including clinics and special events. These classes mainly serve tennis players without disabilities, but due to the integrative design of tennis and JTCC’s entire staff trained in wheelchair and adaptive tennis, the classes are available to all players with and without disabilities.

To be eligible for financial aid, players must participate in at least one session of adaptive tennis programming at JTCC. Players on financial aid participating in junior and adult programming must attend at least 80% of all clinics in the session that they are registered for. Failure to do so will result in the revoking of financial aid benefits for the following session. 

Players who are eligible and have completed at least one session of adaptive tennis programming will receive an invitation to apply at the end of their session.

Please contact ghesse@jtcc.org with any questions.


Baltimore Wheelchair Tennis Clinics

JTCC offers free seasonal wheelchair tennis clinics in the spring, summer, and fall in partnership with University of Maryland Medical and Baltimore City Parks & Rec. Clinics run in five week sessions and sports chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis. Register for the free program at the link below or contact Mike Henley at mhenley@umm.edu.

Fall Session Dates: Thursdays 5:30-7:00pm October 5 – November 2

L4 JTCC Wheelchair Championships Tennis Tournament

JTCC hosts an annual sectional wheelchair tennis tournament in October. In 2021, the event attracted 17 players, in 2022 the tournament grew to 24 players (26 total registrations with two players needing to pull out). As the home tournament for players in JTCC and MedStar NRH’s wheelchair tennis clinics, the 2022 tournament attracted 11 of JTCC’s home players (three of who competed in their first tournament). Offering three levels of competition and great opportunities for social engagement, the tournament is considered one of the best L4s on the East Coast!

Registration is open for the 2023 L4 JTCC Wheelchair Championships held October 13-15! Learn more by clicking the button below to visit the USTA tournament page.

Mid-Atlantic Wheelchair Team Tennis Series

The team-based format allows the otherwise individual sport of tennis to be modified into a collegiate-style of play with coaching and cheering allowed and players working on teams to win games. The team tennis concept exists on the able-bodied side of the sport at the junior and collegiate levels, and bringing it to wheelchair tennis attracts many of our multi-sport athletes who play team sports like wheelchair basketball and sled hockey. It also has served as an effective entry point into matchplay for intermediate players who have not competed in a sanctioned tennis tournament to develop confidence in their play with the added support from coaches. JTCC and Sportable Adaptive Sports and Recreation based in Richmond initiated the series in spring of 2022 to test out the format and provide players with a new way to engage with wheelchair tennis, hosting two team tennis competitions. 

Fall Wheelchair Team Tennis Series

The Wheelchair Team Tennis Series is BACK for the fall! Save the dates for this fun half-day Dynamic Duo format that brings teams of two head-to-head in singles and doubles competition where every game you win counts towards your overall score. Not ready for matchplay? No worries! You can still participate in the Beginners Challenge that turns the games and drills you learn in your weekly clinics into a competition!

Richmond (Sportable): Saturday, October 7

Registration information coming soon!

DC (JTCC): Saturday, November 11

The timeframe for the competition will be 12:30pm-6pm on November 11 and registration is $25/person. If you have a requested teammate, please email ghesse@jtcc.org and copy your teammate so we can pair you correctly! 

Registration is open! Here is the link to sign up: https://jtcc.clubautomation.com/calendar/event-info?id=166929

All-Comers Wheelchair Tennis Camp

JTCC is proud to host an annual USTA All Comers Wheelchair Tennis Camp every July. This unique camp brings in the best coaches from around the country and is open to wheelchair tennis players of all ages and ability levels. Please fill out the interest form in the bottom right corner of the page if you are interested in being notified when the next tennis camp is scheduled. 

Coach Education

JTCC offers coach education opportunities annually for coaches, providers, recreation therapists, and other interested community members to learn more about coaching wheelchair tennis. The one-day training covers disability, chairs, and movement – the three significant areas that tennis coaches might not otherwise be familiar about before working with adaptive athletes. Please fill out the interest form in the bottom right corner of the page if you are interested in being notified when the next coach education clinic is scheduled. 


Volunteering opportunities are available for clinics and special events in wheelchair tennis and other adaptive tennis programs at JTCC. To sign up for volunteering, create a POINT account and request to join the organization “JTCC”. All adult volunteers (18+) are required to complete USTA Safe Play certification before volunteering. Upon completion, volunteers can email ghesse@jtcc.org a screenshot of the completion. 

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