Communications tips - For deaf tennis players

  • Before play begins you introduce yourself to your opponent.  This is a good opportunity to tell them you are deaf and to ask them to be clear with line calls, explain any issues related to scoring, etc.
  • If your club/competition has afternoon-tea or drinks after play, or other social functions, even if you can’t hear much of the conversation it is polite to put in at least a brief appearance, even if you are unable to be involved much of the conversation.
  • If you want to play more tennis, train more regularly, etc, make sure you let people in your club team or coaching group know.  If you are not involved in the social aspects of club life, it is easy for people to think you are not interested and to forget about you, and you may miss many formal and informal opportunities to be involved.
  • Get in touch with Deaf Tennis Australia!!  Many people find it enjoyable and even liberating to be part of a group where being deaf is expected.  There are deaf tennis players at all levels - from beginners through to those trying to crack the (ATP/WTA) pro circuits, and tennis is a great way of spending time with other deaf people!


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