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Amazing Blind Tennis Players!

August 29, 2019


Tennis is all about hand eye coordination
and I thought if you take away the eye part of it how can you play tennis? There are a lot of things we tend to take
for granted. For example, my sight.
They have never seen a Roger Federer swinging the racket. Playing soundball tennis, you will definitely face lots and lots of challenges. Because it’s all about hearing right.
The first few weeks they were really enthusiastic because it’s a new sport and everything. When I first started, I was like…woah it
was fun you know. The only problem I faced is actually the height
of the ball and not the direction. The ball is bouncing, the timing must be right, the racket must be at the correct position to strike it. We need to sharpen our listening. It needs lots and lots of training and lots
and lots of effort. For tennis when I coach personally, I’ll be
like: “Ok you can watch me. Watch and learn.”
But right now it’s really challenging because we have to explain to them in words.
Week after week you are not able to hit the ball It’s quite frustrating actually. When you don’t hit the ball. When you don’t listen to ball, they lose interest. Taking a racket to hit the ball, and so accurately – it’s not easy. Confidence you know, to just believe in ourself that we are able to do it. Whatever we do, there is always a hurdle to
get through. I just wanted to know if I could do it.
As time goes by the hitting of the ball started to increase. Without the help of the volunteers, every week coming to coach us,
we wouldn’t get the chance to play tennis at all. What drives me is being able to share the love of the game to
the visually impaired. Being here is not just about playing tennis.
It’s also so much more.

7 Comments

  • Reply yvonnealexy November 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    inspiring. 🙂

  • Reply Jack Ng November 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    what else cannot be done? just do it

  • Reply Our Better World June 17, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Hi Sam! Great to hear from you, and so glad this story inspired you. Fantastic to hear that you're interested in a blog post! You can reach us at storyteller[at]outbetterworld[dot]org. Looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂

  • Reply Hi_I'm_MOV April 5, 2015 at 12:01 am

    if someone dislikes this video, i will be sooooo mad!!!

  • Reply Tenis para Ciegos ARGENTINA May 18, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Felicitaciones, todo un ejemplo. Asociación Argentina de Tenis para Ciegos // Argentina Blind Tennis Association

  • Reply carton joel August 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Bravo Bientot partout en France cela pourra etre pratiqué grâce a L'UNADEV tres prochainement de nouvelles infos

  • Reply matthew chun July 21, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Why is he wearing sun glasses? 1:03
    (Im just very curious)
    Im thinking its the style?

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