DEAF TENNIS: Fletcher hopes talent day will encourage new players
TWO-TIME Deaflympic medallist Catherine Fletcher is hoping that the upcoming deaf tennis talent ID day will encourage more people to get involved in the sport.
The Tennis Foundation is hosting the talent-spotting event at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton on September 29 (9am-5pm).
Burderop’s Fletcher has played internationally since she was 12 and has now taken on the role of national deaf tennis coach.
The seven-time national singles champion is passionate about supporting enthusiastic players who may yet not realise all the opportunities that could be open to them.
Fletcher has benefited hugely from the deaf tennis performance programme, which supports players with training and gives them the chance to compete internationally.
With the help of the Tennis Foundation, more tennis venues are becoming accessible to deaf athletes and Fletcher wants to give people the opportunity to enjoy the sport.
Visitors to the talent ID day will be able to meet other players, demonstrate their abilities and find out what support they could receive.
Anyone interested in attending or who would like any further information should email email@example.com for an application form.
Deaf tennis follows exactly the same rules as tennis but to be eligible to compete in deaf events a player must have a hearing loss of 55db or more in their best ear.
The top players participate in a varied calendar of international championships at European and world level, including the Deaflympics, which is held every four years.
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