First International Blind Tennis Congress
Agreements Reached at the First International Blind Tennis Congress
McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Mexico
February 8-13, 2014
- United Kingdom
Type of Mask
Each country uses a standard Paralympic mask for B1.
Type of Racket
Any racket accepted by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in accordance with court size.
- B1 racket is 23 inches maximum
- B2-B3 racket is 25 inches maximum
- “Ready?” “Yes.” “Play.” (Unanimous)
- No Volleying. (Everybody except Australia)
- If the ball hits the player inside the playing area before the first bounce, it is a point for the opponent.
- If the ball hits the player outside the playing area before the first bounce, it is a point for the player. (Everybody except Australia)
- B1-B2—Three bounces
- B3—Two bounces
International Blind Sports Federation (ISBA) (Unanimous)
Size of the Court
- B1 court measures 42 ft. x 21 ft. (12.80 m x 6.40 m). Tactile lines on all lines except for the service boxes.
- B2 and B3 courts measure 60 ft. x 27 ft. (18.28 m x 8.23 m).
Type of Ball
For 12 months from the date of the first international tournament, all tournaments will use the current Japanese ball. The host country organizers will decide whether to use a black or yellow ball depending on the colors of the venue. (Unanimous)
Requirements to Play International Tournaments
All players must be affiliated to the federation/association of their country. Players will not be accepted into a tournament without an official sight classification provided by IBSA. The national federation or association from each country will determine which players attend international tournaments. (Unanimous)
International Blind Tennis Association (IBTA)
Establish in McAllen, Texas on February 13, 2014
- One president—Japan will preside for the next 12 months
- One representative from each country
- One representative for B1, B2, and B3 categories from each continent
Note: B4 regulations are pending until the 2nd International Blind Tennis Congress.
To see a copy of the original, signed agreement creating the IBTA, go to