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Last Updated: Monday, 23 January 2006, 21:38 GMT
Tennis boost for wheelchair users
Wheelchair users are being urged to take up tennis as a national initiative comes to Teesside on Tuesday.

Patients at the spinal injuries centre at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough will be able to try out the popular paralympic sport.

Tennis balls and rackets of various sizes, plus a purpose-built tennis wheelchair will be available.

Local wheelchair tennis champions David Gardner and Jonny Collingwood will also lead an on-court practical session.

Wheelchair tennis follows the same rules as the running game, except that the wheelchair player is allowed two bounces of the ball, providing the first bounce is within the conventional parameters of the court.

The two-bounce rule also allows wheelchair and able-bodied players to play each other, or for "one up one down" doubles matches, with the wheelchair player allowed two bounces and the able-bodied player playing on one bounce.

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