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What is "quads"? (at the Paralympics)

On the ITF-site for the Paralympic website there is a preview article.
And it mentions "men", "women" and "quads".
http://www.itftennis.com/paralympics...e.asp?id=12206

What is "quads"?
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Quadraplegics?
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I can think of two options... either a different name for doubles, or quaraplegics. (ok, that's kinda unlikely though).

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Quadraplegics?
I also thought it, but doesn't that mean they can't use arms and legs... So how do they hold the racquet?

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I can think of two options... either a different name for doubles, or quaraplegics. (ok, that's kinda unlikely though).
It's not doubles.

So it must be the other one. But how do they play then?
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It's not doubles.

So it must be the other one. But how do they play then?
Hmm No idea!

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I have found some more information here: http://www.itfwheelchairtennis.com/a...ligibility.asp

QUAD ELIGIBILITY RULES
The Competitive Wheelchair Tennis Player
i. In order to be eligible to compete in ITF sanctioned wheelchair tennis tournaments and the Paralympic Games, a player must have a medically diagnosed permanent mobility related physical disability. This permanent physical disability must result in a substantial loss of function in one or both lower extremities. Players must meet one of the following minimum eligibility criteria:
1. A neurological deficit at the S1 level or rostral, associated with loss of motor function, or;
2. Ankylosis and/or severe arthrosis and/or joint replacement of the hip, knee or upper ankle joints, or;
3. Amputation of any lower extremity joint rostral to the metatarsophalangeal joint, or;
4. A player with functional disabilities in one or both lower extremities equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 above.

ii. A quad player must meet the criteria for permanent physical disability as defined above. In addition, the player must have a permanent physical disability that results in a substantial loss of function in one or both upper extremities. Quad players must meet one of the following minimum eligibility criteria:
1. A neurological deficit at the C8 level or rostral, with associated loss of motor function, or;
2. Upper extremity amputation, or;
3. Upper extremity phocomelia, or;
4. Upper extremity myopathy or muscular dystrophy, or;
5. A player with other medical diagnosis resulting in functional disabilities in one or both upper extremities equivalent to 1, 2, 3 or 4 above.

iii. In addition, a quad player must have at least one of the four following functional disabilities with regards to upper extremity use, irrespective of trunk balance:
1. Lack of capacity to perform a smooth and continuous overhead service, or;
2. Lack of capacity to perform a smooth and continuous forehand and backhand, or;
3. Lack of capacity to manoeuvre a manual wheelchair using full wheel control, or;
4. Lack of capacity during play to grip the racquet for all strokes without taping and/or an assistive device.

Quad players must have a minimum of three affected extremities with a permanent physical disability as defined above, and at least one upper extremity must have a functional disability as defined above. Quad players may not use either foot to propel a wheelchair.
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hmm so I was right then... That must be so hard to play!

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Yeah. And they have mixed competition (men and women playing together).
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