LOCAL TENNIS LEAGUES: INCLUSION We want to make LTL as open and inclusive as possible, so anyone can pick up a racket and enjoy our sport! Everyone has a right to request reasonable adjustments, such as providing extra help, or making changes to the way in which we provide services to make them as accessible as possible. If there is something we could do to make your tennis experience better, you can request a “reasonable adjustments” letter from the LTA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.This letter can then be used when entering events or while arranging matches, we ask that this is always done in advance, and never on the day of your match. Here are some key FAQs: What qualifies as a “reasonable adjustment”? Reasonable adjustments can be any small alterations which enable a person to take part in activity, as long as details are provided in advance. These may include things like: Requests around venue type, ensuring the courts chosen are accessible and step free, having a helper there to score the match, or using hand gestures to call lines if someone is deaf/hard of hearing. We recommend you request a letter from us, as it will make future communication with your opponents easier. Can I join in if I play wheelchair tennis? Yes, the only rule change is that wheelchair tennis players will get two bounces to return a ball, while their opponent would get one (unless they are also a wheelchair player). The opponents first bounce must land “in” but the second can land anywhere. Can I bring someone with me (to help keep score, or for support)? Yes bringing a friend or family member along with you is allowed. This will help some players cope with the stresses around meeting a stranger but additionally, if you struggle to keep score, you can have someone on-site to help you with this. Any guest brought to the match cannot interfere with the game of tennis, and must only be there for support. Unless helping with scoring, any guests must stay off court and not interfere with the tennis. If you need someone to help you keep score, they can stand courtside, but you must let your opponent know in advance (when arranging your match). The opponent does have the right to request approval from the LTA. The person keeping score should only shout out the score, they should not interfere with calling lines or any other on court matters. If any issues arise, please contact us here and we can help with any disputes. Can I use a scoring aid to help me keep track of the score? Yes, if the venue doesn’t have scoreboards and you would benefit from a scoring aid, we suggest you use Scoring Right which is an ITF approved tool you can attach to your racket. I find it difficult to arrange the matches myself, can I appoint someone to do it for me? Yes, if you need someone else to help arrange your matches use their email address and phone number when signing up. We recommend your appointed person explains who they are and how they are supporting you when they initiate communication with others in your league. Are there disability specific LTL for players who are unable to play within the non-disabled setting? We are working hard to pilot a few disability specific leagues in 2021, with the aim to expand these in the future. If you are in an area that may be interested in disability specific activity please get in touch. If you have any other questions regarding disability and inclusion in tennis please click here to contact us.