Tennis for the Blind and Visually Impaired, called Blind Tennis, or VI Tennis, was invented and initiated in Japan in 1984 by Miyoshi Takei, who became an elite player himself. The first ever tennis tournament for the visually impaired took place in Japan, 1990.
Today Blind Tennis is organized by The International Blind Tennis Association (IBTA).
The dream of Miyoshi Takei was that Blind Tennis would one day become a Paralympic Sport; and with its increasing popularity this is highly likely!
See Miyoshi Takei play tennis at: https://youtu.be/5EEWKpunoHU
In recent years Blind Tennis has developed and grown, especially in the Anglo-Saxon countries, where VI Tennis is often part of the National Tennis Association.
Blind Tennis is fun to play and has a huge social aspect, as players often meet at camps and festivals.
Watch the great introductory film about Blind Tennis here on the right.