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In Doubs, a tennis club makes the dream of a blind young man come true thanks to sound balls

In Doubs, a tennis club makes the dream of a blind young man come true thanks to sound balls

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We knew wheelchair tennis, here is sound tennis. Invented in Japan in the 1980s, this discipline is still confidential in France. In Doubs, a teacher decided to train to help a blind student realize his dream of playing, “like his father.” #They have the Solution

At age 9 and a half, Ilyès knows what he wants. And what this little boy with brain tumor and blind from birth wanted above all was to play tennis. Like his father and brothers, like everyone else. Touched by this unsuccessful will, the president of the Saône tennis club in Doubs decided to make her dream come true. Laure Joineau trained in tailored tennis. She ordered special balls from Portugal, and voila!

These foam balls, slightly larger than classic tennis balls, contain a ping-pong ball into which a bell is inserted. With each jump, they emit sounds that allow the player to locate and strike them using a short-handled rocket.

Sonic tennis is now widely practiced in Japan, where it was invented by a visually impaired student in 1984. The discipline is played in singles or doubles (blind / sighted) in slightly smaller fields and with more jumps allowed. Today, this sport is not represented in the Paralympic Games, which only have wheelchair tennis. But who knows, maybe Ilyès will represent France there one day? We wish him.


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