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Sports: SEJAL SERVES

Compiled/written by MELVIN DURAI Email Compiled/written by MELVIN DURAI
July 2012
Sports: SEJAL SERVES

Blind people in America are learning to play tennis, thanks partly to the efforts of Sejal Vallabh, a 17-year-old high school junior in Newton, Massachusetts. After being exposed to blind tennis during a summer internship in Japan, Sejal founded Tennis Serves, a volunteer organization whose mission is to teach blind and visually impaired people to play tennis.

The sport is played on smaller courts with junior-sized rackets and special balls that make a rattling sound, allowing a blind player to hear the location of the ball. “I want to show that it is possible for blind athletes to play tennis,” Sejal told The New York Times. She hopes that blind tennis eventually becomes an official sport at the Paralympics. And as the Times suggests, coaches may be instructing players to “keep your ear on the ball.”


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