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Blind Tennis Tournament at Texas School for the Blind

1st WILDCAT TENNIS TOURNAMENT: Students with Low (and No) Vision Play Tennis

Austin, Texas, April 7, 2018– The Texas School for the Blind is hosting a Blind Tennis Tournament that is open to the public on Saturday, April 7th beginning at 9am. TSBVI student athletes will compete against athletes from the Laredo Tennis Association Tennis Team. This is the first tournament of its kind hosted at TSBVI. There will be two divisions playing simultaneously, Class B1 and Class B2/ B3 divisions.

B1 players are athletes that play without any vision, relying on the sound of the bounce to guide them in play. They will be playing in the Recreations Building, Building 603, Room 606 (see map included). B2/ B3 players are allowed to use vision, as well as, sound to locate the ball. They will play in the Big Gymnasium, Building 609, Room 121.

Additional Game Info: Additional ball allowances are given for players, based upon visual acuity and field restrictions, with B1 and B2 players given 3 bounces before having to return the ball, and B3 players given 2 bounces. The court is tactile, with string taped down to give players a tactile reference for court boundaries.

Note: The campus has a 10mph speed limit. To get to the tournament, enter from 45th Street and drive to the north end of campus. The tournament will begin in the Big Gymnasium, Building 609 and then split into two areas.

What: Wildcat Tennis Tournament 2018

When: April 7th, 9am-3:30pm

Where: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 West 45th, ATX 78756; Building 609, Room 121 (North end of campus)

Who: TSBVI athletes compete against athletes from the Laredo, Texas Tennis Association, Blind Division

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If you would like more information about this topic and/or plan to attend, please contact Kristine Seljenes at 512-206-9159/ 512-809-7066 or email at .