Photo: Get Involved in Tennis
LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN: During the Paralympic Tennis Event at Eton Manor, the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the British Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the British Tennis Foundation (TF) presented an official London 2012 Get Involved in Tennis spectator experience.
Get Involved in Tennis, which was also held at Wimbledon during the Olympic Tennis Event, has provided a chance for thousands of spectators on the Olympic Park to try their hand at tennis on a temporary court during the 11 days of Paralympic sporting competition. Over 13,300 spectators actually took to hitting balls across the three spectator experience sites.
For those fans specifically attending the eight days of wheelchair tennis action at Eton Manor, they too had the opportunity to try tennis in a variety of fun playing scenarios, showing how easy and healthy playing the sport can be.
The Get Involved in Tennis publicity that has been distributed throughout both the Olympic Tennis Event and Paralympic Tennis Event has promoted the following message to encourage more people to try the sport and get involved:
Tennis is easy, fun and healthy. It is a sport that you can play whatever your age and can be an affordable way to spend time with friends and family. There are over 23,000 courts across Great Britain.
To find out how you can get involved, either here or in your country, visit: www.london2012.com/tennis
During the Paralympic Tennis Event, Nigerian players Alex Adewale and Wasiu Yusuf took time out to play tennis with spectators on the temporary court outside the Basketball Arena. They were also joined by members of the Rwandan sitting volleyball team and South Korean swimming team.
Indian Tennis players Vishnu Vardhan and Rushmi Chakravarthi supported Get Involved in Tennis during the Olympic Tennis Event, playing with children at the on-site spectator experience at Wimbledon.