Net Racquet Tennis Ball
Play is started by an overhead service which must land within the diagonally opposite service box. If the ball hits the net or lands outside the service box, a fault is called. If the server fails to deliver a proper serve on two consecutive attempts, a double fault is called and a point is awarded to opposing player. Players volley until one hits the ball out of bounds, allows the ball to bounce more than twice on their own side or has the net return a hit ball. When any of these occur, a point is awarded. Scoring follows the following progression: 15, 30, 40, (game winning point). When a player has 0 points, their score is love. When the score is tied at 40, it is referred to as deuce. If the game's score reaches deuce, a player must win by two points. The player to score first while the score is deuce is given the advantage. The first player to win 6 games, wins a set. International play dictates men must win three sets, and women must win two, to win a match.
Special Olympics Tennis is a singles and doubles event where all competitors have mental or physical disabilities. Special Olympics tennis is similar to traditional tennis and allows athletes with physical and mental disabilities to compete in singles, doubles events, and individual skills competitions. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
In 1987, tennis became an official sport in the Special Olympics. At the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland, 127 athletes from 29 programs competed. As of 2005, 18,013 Special Olympics athletes compete in tennis.