Deaf Tennis

Hearing Impaired tennis has a long history in British tennis and playing the sport requires no adaption apart from making sure communication is clear between players, coaches and officials. People can play other deaf tennis players and alongside non-disabled friends and family.

The highlight in Durham & Cleveland is the North East Annual Harry Thomas Memorial Tournament for the Hearing Impaired. Now in its 28th year this event attracts over 100 hearing impaired children aged 16 & under from many schools across the North East and as far afield as Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield.

Reports from the Tournaments held in 2020, 2019 and 2018 demonstrate both how successful and popular these events are, and Durham & Cleveland LTA is proud to be at the heart of them.   Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, only the mini tennis event could take place in 2020, with the separate tennis event being cancelled. We look forward to the whole tournament being played in 2021, and details will be published here in advance of the event.

Whether as a player or organiser, if you would like to get involved please contact either:

the County Office at

or Matt Elkington, Disability Development Partner on 07961 267607   (

Further information can be found at LTA Disability Tennis