TENNIS is quite a user friendly sport - people of all ages and abilities can enjoy it.
But what about wheelchair tennis? 
I went along to the Heron Centre in Newquay to meet Andrea Weston, who is ranked number 8 in Britain at her sport.
The 45 year old, from Helston, had an unerringly accurate serve, which began with a brief forward push of the chair before tossing the ball up and hitting it into the opponent's quarter. 
After that - she was playing doubles with able-bodied women - she darted around the court, changing direction often by spinning 180 degrees and making some impressive returns. 
"I love it - it's really enjoyable playing with them. I play four times a week, it's a huge part of my life," said Andrea.
Her specially adapted wheelchair has a plastic rim on the right wheel, to help traction when she pushes forward with the racquet handle. 
Both wheels are also at more of an angle than a standard chair and there is also a third, smaller wheel at the back to enable quicker turns.
There is even a clip at the back to hold a spare ball for any second serves. 
The ball is allowed to bounce up to two times on each side for a rally to be maintained.
Paul Roberts, the Cornwall tennis network coordinator, runs the wheelchair sessions and he also takes groups with learning disabilities, mental health problems and visual impairment. 
"There are no expectations in the sessions, you don't have to be a good player, you can do whatever you're comfortable with, we're simply trying to involve more people."
Paul would like to broaden the availability of the sessions across the county, but admits it is not always easy to encourage clubs to host them. 

When I took my place on court for the first time, trying to push the wheels while holding the racket was a bit like attempting to simultaneously pat your head and rub your belly.

Anticipation of where the ball is going is crucial, because you need to be in perpetual motion in order to reach your opponent's return.

It also served as a reminder as to how weak by back hand is. Whilst I serenely returned on my forehand, the other side felt like I was trying to control a brolley in high winds. 
The sessions are £5 per hour or £7.50 for 90 minutes. All equipment, including wheelchairs, is provided. Call the Heron Centre in Newquay on 01637 877555 for more details.

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