Know your facts:
- Tennis has been a sport at Special Olympics World Games since 1987
- Unified Sports? Yes
- Estimated number of athletes participating: 115 athletes + 35 Unified partners
The sport of tennis originated in the 12th century in the monasteries of northern France. At that time, players hit the ball with the palm of their hand.
Special Olympics feature:
We play tennis according to the rules of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). However, we have slightly adjusted the rules to control the length of the matches by using shorter sets. Additionally, there is an option to use smaller courts and low compression balls.
We have five competitions:
- Mixed doubles
- Unified Sports Doubles
- Unified Sports Mixed Doubles
By the way:
The shortest professional tennis match lasted only 20 minutes. It took place in Wimbledon in 1969 between Susan Tutt and Marion Bandy.