Region D Tennis Skills and Match Play

What Is Tennis?

A lifetime leisure sport, tennis provides athletes the opportunity to learn and perform a variety of sports skills. Tennis competition is offered in singles and doubles at various ability levels ranging from traditional tennis to Individual Skills Competition to develop basic tennis skills. Athletes also have the opportunity to compete with their non-disabled peers in Unified doubles.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in tennis compete locally at region events. They are then eligible to advance to state championships at the State Tennis Championships held in Bloomington in August.

Tennis Events Offered in Illinois


  • Match play in singles and doubles


  • Short court match play in singles and doubles
  • Individual skills competition (forehand volley, backhand volley, forehand ground stroke, backhand ground stroke, serve deuce court, serve advantage court, alternating ground strokes)


  • Unified match play in doubles

Competition Information

Individual skills: All athletes will be given the opportunity to complete in seven tennis skills; Forehand/backhand volley, forehand, backhand, and alternating groundstrokes as well as serving

Match play athletes may play short court or traditional in either singles and traditional doubles.

Final divisions are created prior to competition. Schedule is open for field assignments

Facility Information

All courts are outdoors with bathrooms and porta-johns on site as well as parking.

Event Details

  • Volunteer Check In – 8:00 AM
  • Agency/Team Check In- 8:30 AM
  • Competition Begins- 9:00 AM
  • Awards – Immediately following competition
  • Competition Ends- Around 2:00 PM

Volunteer Information

Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Please check back closer to the event for more information.


Awards are presented at the end of the competition.


Lunch is provided to athletes and coaches on a 3:1 ratio. Registered volunteers will also receive lunch.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state tournaments, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.

Who We Are

About Special Olympics Illinois    

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTikTok and X.  


Jul 23 2024


8:00 am - 2:00 pm




Reese Park
6100 W Fullerton Chicago, IL 60639


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