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Anyone for accessible tennis?

Emma Emma | 12:48 UK time, Thursday, 1 July 2010

The Wimbledon wheelchair tennis male and female doubles tournaments start tomorrow and continue until 4 July. This year, the UK is represented by Lucy Shuker and also taking to the court will be world number one Esther Vergeer.

This, plus all the hype surrounding Andy Murray's bid for victory has doubtless inspired thousands of us to dig out our rickety racquets and join the local tennis club. If your blind like me and have tonnes of enthusiasm coupled with zero chance of ever hitting the ball, then a new accessible computer game may be just what you are looking for.

ViFit is a project which aims to increase visually impaired people's activity levels by developing games which are based on the Wii Fit model. So far there are two to choose from, bowling and tennis. Both are free and available to download directly from the website's homepage.

Once installed, the games are played using a PC with Bluetooth connectivity and a couple of Wii remotes.

Helpfully, blind technology expert Jonathan Mosen has created an extensive and practical audio demo encompassing both games. To listen, click here and find an FTP download under the Mosen Explosion Downloads and Podcast heading.

If wheelchair tennis is more your bag, you can catch coverage of the Wimbledon tournaments between 2 and 4 July on the Red Button.


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