State Tennis Tournament

What is the State Tennis ?

The State Tennis Tournament is one of 13 state sports competitions. It is the championship level competition for those participating in tennis, Unified tennis and individual skills. The State Tennis Tournament is typically a two-day event usually held the third or fourth weekend of August in Bloomington.

The State Tennis Tournament typically includes110 athletes, 20 Unified partners, 50 coaches and 110 volunteers. Evergreen Racquet Club became the event host in 2016. Tennis became an official Special Olympics Illinois sport in 1986 and Unified tennis was added in 2002.

Additional activities include an Opening Ceremony, bowling and a pizza party on Saturday night, as well as families registration and souvenir sales.

Competition Information

Tennis is a stand-alone competition and serves as a showcase for our tennis athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Spectators are encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament to cheer on these extraordinary athletes.

Athletes may compete in short court singles and doubles match play, traditional singles, doubles, and Unified doubles match play competitions. Athletes can compete in either match play or individual skills.

Individual skills competition will also be offered where individuals will demonstrate their skills in forehand volley, backhand volley, forehand ground stroke, backhand ground stroke, serve deuce court, serve advantage court and alternating ground strokes.

Facility Information

Evergreen Racquet Club has seven indoor courts and four outdoor courts.

Event details

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The Opening Ceremony will begin at 8:00 AM at Evergreen Racquet Club. 

Please note: During the State Tennis Tournament, athletes should be prepared to potentially play matches both indoors and outdoors if the weather allows. 

Volunteer Information

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Athletes are responsible for bringing their own racquets.

Opening Ceremony

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Text Alerts & Event Status Updates

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Awards will be given when each division is complete.


Lunch and water will be provided both days. Dinner will be provided on Saturday.

Supporting Documents

Those looking for lodging information in the Bloomington/Normal area can utilize Visit BN’ website here.

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

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


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Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 21,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 9,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines. Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols.

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:


Aug 19 - 20 2023


8:30 am - 5:00 pm




Evergreen Racquet Club
3203 E. Washington St. Bloomington, IL 61704
Nate Henry


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