Specialty Courses

Instructing Wheelchair Tennis

$74 for PTR Members
$173 for non-PTR members (includes a PTR Affiliate Membership)


This course is primarily for tennis teachers and coaches to augment their existing PTR certification with a certification to teach wheelchair tennis providing them with the skills required to teach wheelchair players and other players with various physical limitations who would achieve a higher success rate using a wheelchair. 

Workshop participants actually use wheelchairs in order to understand the distinct skills required to maneuver the wheelchair and to hit from a modified elevation. Mobility, stroke production and general wheelchair basics are all covered in the curriculum. Attendees will understand the components of chair construction, as well as learn that the degree of disability will vary with each wheelchair athlete. 

The course is also valuable for rehab workers and Physical Therapy specialists who want to offer tennis as a rehabilitation tool. 

This hands-on course is generally taught by Harlon Matthews, PTR Clinician of the Year, a Top 20 National Wheelchair Player in the A division and winner of the prestigious Brad Parks Award for outstanding service to wheelchair tennis. 

The course is held at various times, but always available during the PTR Intl. Wheelchair Championships on Hilton Head Island in the fall.

All course attendees receive the course manual and additional resources for teaching wheelchair tennis. When held during the Championships, attendees also receive a boxed lunch while they watch and analyze play during the PTR Wheelchair Championships Finals. 

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