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Wheelchair Tennis To Be Initiated In Odisha Tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Chocolate Group in collaboration with Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour (IWTT) will jointly organise a three-day wheelchair tennis workshop at the Gurukul Tennis Resort, Mendhasal on the outskirts of the Capital City from February 19. With the commencement of the workshop, the game will be initiated in the State from tomorrow.

Around 20 contestants across the State will take part in the workshop. It will be followed by a training programme, which will continue at the resort for the next one year. In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Chocolate Group and IWTT. The jersey for the event has already been unveiled.

“The workshop and training sessions will inspire diverse tennis players and motivate them to pursue careers in the exciting game,” stated Chinmay Pradhan, founder of the Chocolate Group.

Wheelchair tennis is one of the forms of tennis adapted for wheelchair users. The size of the court, net height and rackets are the same in the game, but there are two major differences from pedestrian tennis. The players here use specially designed wheelchairs, and the ball may bounce up to two times, where the second bounce may also occur outside the court.

Wheelchair tennis is played at Grand Slams and is one of the sports contested at the Summer Paralympics. There are three categories– men, women, and quads in the game and each category is played in singles and doubles events.

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(Edited by Pradeep Singh)

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