Playing tennis blind

Going entirely by the sound of the ball, these players have been smashing misconceptions about the blind.

If you play tennis, you’ll know it’s not the easiest game to master.

There’re a multitude of things to consider simultaneously: ball speed, bounce and spin, your position, your opponent’s position, footwork, swing, follow through, getting into position for the next shot.

Now imagine doing all that without seeing.

That’s what Wei Lian, Wai Yee, Steady, Hock Bee, Ivni and their friends do.


Frustrating fun

Helped by a group of dedicated volunteers, the blind friends spend Saturday mornings playing the sport of soundball — tennis played with special balls that rattle when they bounce.

It’s hard work, and often frustrating.

But you wouldn’t know it watching them.

They’re clearly happy to play and there’s a lot of joy, enthusiasm and mutual encouragement during the practice sessions, along with obvious determination as they drill backhands across the net in a tireless effort to get better.


If you’re keen to help coach or otherwise support the blind tennis players, email Soundball. They’d love to hear from you.

About Soundball Singapore

Soundball is a social blind tennis club in Singapore that brings tennis to the blind by modifying the sport to their needs. Driven by volunteers, it uses sports to bring people of all abilities together, and improve the self-confidence those with visual impairments.

Contributors

Filmmaker

Anshul Tiwari

Producer

Ashima Thomas

Writer

Josh Lye

Additional Contributor

King Kong Jane