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Bits of Knowledge about Wheelchair Tennis - How to Enjoy Wheelchair Tennis
Other than the fact that two bounces of the ball are allowed before hitting it, the rules of wheelchair tennis are the same as those for regular tennis.
Grades of the Tournaments
There are various series by grade: Grand Slam (GS), Masters Series (MS), Super Series (SS), ITF1, ITF2, ITF3 and ITF Future.
Determination of the Grades
The grades of tournaments are determined by the ITF according to factors such as the size of the draw, participation by players with high world rankings, the tournament facilities (number of courts, availability of indoor facilities), tournament hotel accommodations and dining facilities, the degree of barrier-free facilities for moving players, local participation, etc.
The prizes by grades
- US $60,000 or more for Grand Slam
- US $60,000 or more for Masters Series
- US $40,000 or more for Super Series
- US $28,000 or more for ITF1 tournaments
- US $18,000 or more for ITF2 tournaments
- US $12,000 or more for ITF3 tournaments
- US $2,500 or more for ITF Future tournaments
About 60 countries are sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation International Wheelchair Tennis Association.
Number of athletes
The exact number of athletes is difficult to grasp because of the extension of rehabilitation and the ambiguous definition of whether the wheelchair tennis is a competitive sport or not. But the number of world's top players is mentioned as a measure of athletes.
About 640 men, 180 women, and 100 quads have their international wheelchair tennis ranking.
The rankings are for the best eight finishes within the previous year for men, the best six finishes for women and the best five finishes for quads.
Quads is an abbreviation of quadriplegia, and is a class for players with serious handicaps.